Provincial government proposing tougher penalties for stunt driving and racing

CORNWALL — This week, the Ontario provincial government announced that they have introduced a new piece of legislation that would toughen penalties for stunt driving, racing, and aggressive driving. The Moving Ontarians More Safely Act, 2021, also known as the MOMS Act, will include longer license suspensions and longer vehicle impoundments for individuals caught driving recklessly.

According to statistics provided by the government, instances of stunt driving and racing increased by 130 per cent between 2013 and 2019. There was an additional increase of 52 per cent between 2019 and 2020. The MOMS act will enable police to charge drivers doing 40 km/h over the limit roadways with posted speed limits of 80 km/h or less.

“Both as Minister of Transportation and a parent to driving-aged teens, I am extremely concerned by the rising numbers of young drivers in Ontario caught stunt driving, street racing and driving aggressively,” said Minister Mulroney. “By increasing driver’s licence suspensions and vehicle impoundment periods, the MOMS Act sends a clear message to drivers – driving is a privilege and those who threaten the safety of others have no place on our roads.”

“The MOMS Act targets the worst actors on our roads by creating escalating suspensions for repeat offenders and setting a lower speed threshold for stunt driving charges on municipal roads,” said Kinga Surma, Associate Minister of Transportation. “With this Act, we are taking concrete action to protect people and families on our roads.”

If passed by the legislature, the MOMS Act would also introduce measures to improve truck safety and strengthen the province’s oversight of the towing sector by creating the Towing and Storage Safety and Enforcement Act, 2021. This Act would require tow operators, tow truck drivers, and vehicle storage operators to be certified and set new standards for customer protection and roadside behaviours, including penalties for non-compliance.

 

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