Apr 24, 2020

Stunt Driving Rules And Consequences

When you think about stunt driving you probably get an image a scene from famous car movies. The Fast and The Furious Cars, Gone in 60 Seconds, and classics like Bullitt, and Smokey and the Bandit are full of speeding cars doing risky maneuvers and screeching tires. While this is entertaining in the movies, it’s dangerous in real life. The highway and city streets is no place for stunt maneuvers.

Car stunt driving doing a burnout

As you likely already know, stunt driving is illegal in Ontario. It’s also extremely dangerous. Getting caught can lead to big fines and car insurance repercussions. So, think twice before you decide to show off when behind the wheel.

Are you guilty of stunt driving? You may be and not even know it. Many drivers are unclear about what is makes a driving infraction stunt driving. Here we’ll clear up and questions you have about this dangerous driving technique.

What Is Stunt Driving?

Stunt driving is the act of excessive speeding, street racing, and engaging in dangerous driving practices. It is driving that is careless and it puts others at risk.

According to Section 172(1) of the Highway Traffic Act in Ontario :

“No person shall drive a motor vehicle on a highway in a race or contest, while performing a stunt or on a bet or wager.”

What Driving Actions Are Considered Stunt Driving In Ontario?

There are many different driving actions that fall within the stunt driving category :

  • Driving more than 50 km/hr or more over the speed limit
  • Tire squealing and burnouts
  • Cutting off another driver intentionally
  • Doing doughnuts or drifting
  • Not allowing other vehicles to pass or change directions
  • Driving your vehicle while not in the driver’s seat
  • Driving with a person in the trunk of your vehicle
  • Driving without regard for road conditions and driving circumstances
  • Purposely driving too closely
  • Popping wheelies on a motorcycle
  • Driving carelessly without concern for others

Is Stunt Driving A Criminal Offense?

Since stunt driving falls within the Highway Traffic Act, it is NOT a criminal offense. Stunt driving is not in the criminal code. But, it is still a very serious charge.

What Is The Penalty For Stunt Driving In Ontario?

Car tire spinning doing a burnout

Stunt driving has severe penalties, even for a first offence. Stunt driving laws are as follows :

  • Automatic 7 day driver’s license suspension
  • Vehicle seizure and impounded for 7 days
  • A minimum of a $2000 fine. The stunt driving fine could be as high as $10,000
  • 6 demerit points
  • If convicted, you could face 6 months in jail
  • If convicted, you could have your license suspended for 2 years

The Extra Costs Of Stunt Driving

You have a lot more than fines to worry about affecting your pocket book. There are a number of other costs you have to cover if you get a stunt driving charge. They are :

  • A significant increase in car insurance rates
  • Legal representation costs
  • Towing and impound fees
  • Costs to get your license back

A stunt driving charge could also get you put into the high risk auto insurance category. This will increase your insurance rates greatly for a number of years. You could have issues renewing your policy and finding insurance in the future.


FAQs On Stunt Driving In Ontario

Check out these additional questions drivers have about stunt driving :

Yes. It’s advisable to add all occasional drivers to your car insurance policy.

A stunt driving conviction will stay on your driving record for 3 years. This conviction can affect you insurance rates during this time.<

People most commonly associate stunt driving with excessive speeding. This is the most common reason people are charged with stunt driving (exceeding the speed limit by 50 km/hr or more). For example, you drive 100 km/hr in a 50 km/hr zone.

All drivers with a stunt driving charge in Ontario will receive 6 demerit points. This is one of the highest amounts you can get for a driving charge.

Going 50 kilometres or more over the posted speed limit is classified as stunt driving.

Yes. Similar to other traffic convictions, you can fight a stunt driving ticket. Consult a licensed paralegal or lawyer if you believe you have a case.

It’s possible to have charges dropped or reduced. Speak with your legal representation about your case and options.

Stunt Driving Is Just Not Worth It In Ontario

Think twice before you show off or engage in stunt driving on city roads or highways. It could be a costly decision if you get caught.

It also could be much worse if you get into an accident and injure or kill someone. It's always best to drive safely on and follow the road rules to help keep all Ontario drivers safe.

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