The Hawkesbury Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding area motorists that legislation has been amended for stunt driving and racing under the Highway Traffic Act.

The amended legislation was enacted on July 1, 2021. The first change was an increase in the previous seven-day vehicle impoundment period to 14 days.

The second change was the introduction of a lower speed threshold for street racing offenders on municipal roads. On roads with a posted speed limit of less than 80 km/h, drivers caught traveling 40 km/h over the speed limit face racing/stunt driving charges (the previous limit was 50 km/h over the speed limit).

The vehicle impoundment-related penalty for street racing/stunt driving is a 14-day vehicle impoundment (previously seven days).

Under the new amended legislation, upon conviction, offenders will face:

•                      Minimum fine between $200 and $2,000;

•                      Maximum fine between $1,000 and $10,000; and,

•                      Court-ordered licence suspension (2 years for a first conviction and 10 years for a second conviction).

In addition to the above, there was in increase in driver’s licence suspension to 30 days from the previous 7-day suspension.

Speed has been the top contributing factor in road fatalities. Aggressive driving is dangerous, and is a leading causal factor in fatal motor vehicle collisions on OPP-patrolled roads. The OPP remains committed to saving lives on roads, waterways and trails.