North East Region OPP wants you to know there is a big difference between speeding and since 2007, the offence of stunt driving and racing.

That difference could cost you a lot of money and your licence.

Police say excessive speed was responsible for 28 percent of all crashes in Ontario in 2018.

North East Region OPP charged 212 drivers for stunt driving and racing during that year.

In the first quarter of 2019, NER OPP has charged 43 drivers for the same offence.

The largest demographic of those charged is between 21-years-old and 30-years-old at 39 percent and 86 percent of people charged were men.

To be charged with stunt driving under the Highway Traffic Act, a driver has to do at least one of the following:

  • All tires not in contact with the highway;
  • Speeding by 50 or more km/h above the posted speed limit;
  • Cause the tires to lose traction;
  • Spin or circle vehicle without control;
  • Drive with a person in the trunk;
  • The driver is not in the driver’s seat;
  • Prevent another vehicle from passing;
  • Driving in oncoming traffic portion of the highway;
  • Stopping or slowing to interfere with another vehicle;
  • Driving too close to another vehicle, pedestrian or object; and
  • Turn left from red light before oncoming traffic

Another charge in that section of the Act the OPP wants you to be aware of is racing, which is described as “a race or contest while performing a stunt or on a bet or wager.

Police say penalties for racing and stunt driving are enormous.

A drivers’ licence is suspended at the roadside for seven days, and the vehicle is impounded for seven days.

The OPP says impound and storage fees from tow companies alone are huge then, if a driver is convicted, fines range from between $2,000 and $10,000 or up to six months in jail.

For the first conviction, a drivers’ licence can be suspended for up to two years and for further offences, up to 10 years.