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Understanding Stunt Driving Charges Excessive Speeding and Racing

Understanding Stunt Driving Charges: Excessive Speeding and Racing

Confused about your Stunt Driving charge? You’re not alone! Let’s break down the terms you might see on your charging documents like Stunt Driving, Excessive Speeding, and Racing a Motor Vehicle. Are they different? Do they carry different penalties? Read on to find out!

What is Stunt Driving?

Stunt Driving, as per Section 172(1) of the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario, is a broad charge that covers various specific offences, including Racing and Excessive Speeding. If you’re charged under this section in Ontario, the penalties can be:

  • 1-3 year license suspension
  • Fines ranging from $2,000 to $10,000
  • Up to 6 months in jail
  • 6 demerit points

All these consequences are possible upon conviction in an Ontario court, regardless of the specific type of Stunt Driving.

Charged with Excessive Speeding?

When the officer marks “Excessive Speeding”, it’s still a Stunt Driving charge. It simply highlights the reason for the charge. Typically:

  • You were driving over 50km/h in an 80km/h or higher zone.
  • Or, you exceeded the limit by 40km/h in zones less than 80km/h.

Don’t get confused! Excessive Speeding is Stunt Driving. Sometimes, officers might not specify the subtype and mark it as general “Stunt Driving”.

What about Racing?

If your document mentions “Racing”, it refers to activities classified under Stunt Driving, not strictly tied to speed. Examples include Street Racing, Careless Behaviour, Doughnuts, and Burnouts. It’s distinct from Excessive Speeding but has the same legal repercussions.

Is One Type of Stunt Driving More Severe Than Another?

Both Excessive Speeding and Racing are forms of Stunt Driving. While neither is “better”, they might need different approaches in court. Handled improperly, both can result in severe consequences like a 1-3 year license suspension.

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What does Excessive Speeding mean in Stunt Driving charges?

Excessive Speeding is a subtype of Stunt Driving in Ontario. It can refer to driving over 50km/h in an 80km/h or higher zone, or exceeding the limit by 40km/h in zones less than 80km/h. Despite its specific name, it still falls under the general Stunt Driving charge.

Are Excessive Speeding and Racing the same in Stunt Driving charges?

No, while both are types of Stunt Driving, they aren't the same. Excessive Speeding refers to surpassing the speed limit, while Racing relates to activities such as Street Racing, Careless Behaviour, Doughnuts, and Burnouts. However, both can have similar legal consequences.

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