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Getting back on track after a stunt driving offence

In recent weeks, there have been far fewer vehicles on streets and highways across Ontario. Some drivers see these open roads as an opportunity to engage in some dangerous driving.

Because of this, police are cracking down on dangerous driving behaviours, including stunt driving. As such, it could be more likely for someone to get stopped for this offence and face harsh penalties. However, there are ways to recover from this type of infraction.

What is stunt driving?

The best way to shield yourself from the consequences of stunt driving is to avoid stunt driving in the first place. However, many people do not understand what stunt driving is, exactly.

Ontario laws define the following driving behaviours as unlawful:

  • Racing cars
  • Chasing another vehicle
  • Driving at exceptionally high speeds
  • Frequently changing lanes and following others too closely while speeding to try and get through traffic
  • Engaging in uncontrolled spins
  • Allowing someone to ride in the trunk of the vehicle
  • Intentionally interfering with another vehicle's movement

These behaviours can result in tickets and arrests for dangerous driving.

Possible consequences

A driver cited for stunt driving can face immediate and severe repercussions, as this article explains. Among the penalties are:

  • Immediate license suspension for at least seven days
  • Impound of vehicle
  • A fine of up to $10,000
  • Possible jail sentence
  • Demerit points
  • Increased insurance rates

These consequences for stunt driving can significantly disrupt a person's life and be financially devastating.

Responding to stunt driving allegations

If you do get a ticket, there are some things you can do to protect yourself and attempt to minimize your exposure to stunt driving penalties.

  • Stay calm, and do not fight with the police officer. Doing so can only make matters worse.
  • Show up at your court date, or have a lawyer appear on your behalf, to get your disclosure document.
  • Keep records detailing the stop. These could reveal errors or oversights in the charge, which could lead to withdrawn charges.
  • Consult a lawyer before deciding whether to plead guilty, go to trial or request a delay.

Taking these steps can put you in the position to defend against the charge and negotiate less severe consequences. If your efforts are successful, it can be easier to recover and move forward.

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