TRAFFIC TICKETS: STUNT DRIVING
Stunt driving is a form of automobile operation in which an operator deliberately behave with contempt towards other drivers and drive in such a manner as to increase the risk of an automobile accident. Stunt driving can lead to serious crimes, such as manslaughter or murder. A stunt driver may drive so recklessly as to injure or kill another driver or himself. Stunt driving is an unlawful driving action.
The most common reason for a Stunt Driving Ticket is driving at 50km/hour or more above the posted speed limit. You can also be charged with stunt driving offence for performing a stunt while driving, such as “squealing” your tires or trying to make an extremely dangerous maneuver.
Another reason that can provoke stunt driving is the driver’s aggressive behaviour on the road (such as tailgating, speeding, failing to yield the right of way and cutting in front of someone too closely) that may cause other drivers to become frustrated and angry and lead to a road rage conflict between drivers. Some street racers use nitrous oxide to enhance the acceleration capabilities of their vehicles. Driving a motor vehicle on a highway with a connected nitrous oxide system is illegal and considered “stunt driving”
Penalties for stunt driving and street racing
- Pre-conviction – Immediate 7-day licence suspension and 7-day vehicle impoundment
- Upon conviction – $2,000 to $10,000 fine, 6 demerit points, up to 6 months jail, up to 2 years licence suspension for a first conviction
- Second offence – Driver licence suspension up to 10 years within 10 years of first conviction
Your insurance will be increased. Moreover, some insurance companies will not even insure you once you have been convicted of Stunt Driving.
Highway Traffic Act about Races, Contests and Stunts
Definition, “race” and “contest”
According to the Highway Traffic Act, “race” and “contest” include any activity where one or more persons engage in any of the following driving behaviours:
- Driving two or more motor vehicles at a rate of speed that is a marked departure from the lawful rate of speed and in a manner that indicates the drivers of the motor vehicles are engaged in a competition.
- Driving a motor vehicle in a manner that indicates an intention to chase another motor vehicle
- Driving a motor vehicle without due care and attention, without reasonable consideration for other persons using the highway or in a manner that may endanger any person
“Stunt” driving includes any activity where one or more persons engage in any of the following driving behaviours:
- Driving a motor vehicle in a manner that indicates an intention to lift some or all of its tires from the surface of the highway, including driving a motorcycle with only one wheel in contact with the ground, but not including the use of lift axles on commercial motor vehicles.
- Driving a motor vehicle in a manner that indicates an intention to cause some or all of its tires to lose traction with the surface of the highway while turning
- Driving a motor vehicle in a manner that indicates an intention to spin it or cause it to circle, without maintaining control over it.
- Driving two or more motor vehicles side by side or in proximity to each other, where one of the motor vehicles occupies a lane of traffic or other portion of the highway intended for use by oncoming traffic for a period of time that is longer than is reasonably required to pass another motor vehicle.
- Driving a motor vehicle with a person in the trunk of the motor vehicle
- Driving a motor vehicle while the driver is not sitting in the driver’s seat
- Driving a motor vehicle at a rate of speed that is 50km/hour or more over the speed limit
- Driving a motor vehicle in a manner that indicates an intention to prevent another vehicle from passing,
- Stopping or slowing down a motor vehicle in a manner that indicates the driver’s sole intention in stopping or slowing down is to interfere with the movement of another vehicle by cutting off its passage on the highway or to cause another vehicle to stop or slow down in circumstances where the other vehicle would not ordinarily do so,
- Driving a motor vehicle in a manner that indicates an intention to drive, without justification, as close as possible to another vehicle, pedestrian or fixed object on or near the highway, or making a left turn where, at least one vehicle facing the opposite direction is similarly stopped in response to a circular red indication; and the driver executes the left turn immediately before or after the system shows only a circular green indication in both directions and in a manner that indicates an intention to complete or attempt to complete the left turn before the vehicle facing the opposite direction is able to proceed straight through the intersection in response to the circular green indication facing that vehicle.
Make a Decision: to fight or not to fight your ticket for stunt driving
According to the circumstances involved and the information on your ticket for stunt driving, consider all options you have and decide what to do: whether to pay your fine for stunt driving at once and get a conviction record; try to lower your fine, pay it and get a conviction record; or to fight the ticket for stunt driving. Calculate the cost of fighting the ticket for stunt driving and weigh it against the chances of getting it reduced to a lower charge and keep your auto insurance low.
You have 15 days from the date of the offence to pay your ticket for stunt driving or to request a trial.
Cp Paralegal Services Can Help You Fight Your Traffic Ticket for Stunt Driving and Keep Your Insurance Low
- At CP Paralegal Services, we will develop the best possible strategy of your defense; we have experience and knowledge and we know how to fight your ticket for stunt driving. If there is an outstanding error on your stunt driving ticket, we may be able to build your defense on that. Probably, your defense will be based on exceptional circumstances that lead to the laying stunt driving charge.
- It always takes time and needs knowing the legal procedures to get necessary information (for example, disclosure) to fight your ticket for stunt driving. At CP Paralegal Services, we request this information in advance to develop the best strategy for fighting your stunt driving ticket.
- If you hire CP Paralegal Services to fight your ticket for stunt driving, we will come to the hearing instead of you, and you will not be involved in a stressful process.
- You will avoid standing in line, finding and paying for parking and gas in order to travel to the provincial offences court just to request a trial date. We will request a trial date for your ticket for stunt driving.
- You will not have to ask for a day off at work just to request a trial date for your ticket for stunt driving and then to attend the hearing.
- If you have got a ticket for stunt driving being far from home, we can handle your case without you having to travel to the court at that location.
- We make sure that all evidences are well-organized for your stunt driving case.
- Often, we talk to the Prosecutor before the hearing and we are able to come out with a good deal such as: lowering a fine or demerit points or both, paying a fine without incurring the demerit points on your licence.
Some Tips to Avoid Stunt Driving
- Do not be a “teacher”! All of us sometimes find ourselves in the situations that involve abusive gestures, course language, tailgating or not yielding the right of way from another driver. It makes us angry and might provoke to “teach” them good manners in respond. Take a deep breath, come down and avoid a conflict. It doesn’t worth it to risk your life. Leave traffic enforcement to the police.
- Know your route, check it in advance: the most inconsiderate driving occurs when you get lost on a road.
- Try not to take your problems with you when driving.
- Avoid honking your horn at other drivers, unless absolutely necessary.
- Stop every few hours for a rest if you are in a long trip.
- If you make a mistake, say “Sorry”: apologies always do well.