Dangers of street racing and tough sanctions
The North Bay Police Service has recently received a number complaints from residents reporting street racing on Tower Drive, Carmichael Drive and Smith Road. North Bay Police officers, some in unmarked vehicles, are actively monitoring the area and will be strictly enforcing Highway Traffic Act laws.
When a police officer observes street racing, driving contests, or other driving stunts, drivers involved will face tough sanctions:
- An immediate seven-day licence suspension
- An immediate seven-day vehicle impoundment at roadside
If convicted, drivers can face:
- A fine from $2,000 to $10,000
- Six demerit points
- a maximum licence suspension of two years for a first conviction
- a maximum of six months in jail
Courts can impose a driver licence suspension of up to 10 years for a second conviction within 10 years.
Risks of street racing
The risk of a fatality or serious injury is almost eight times greater for vehicles crashing at 50 km/h or more above the posted speed limit of 60 km/h or less. For more information on prohibited street racing and stunt driving, visit Ontario.ca, under the Highway Traffic Act, section 172.