With the OPP laying plenty of racing and stunt driving charges lately, it’s clarifying what exactly those things are.

Racing and stunt driving offences were first added to Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act in 2007. The list of what the OPP calls “high-risk” activities includes:

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

The other charge in that section is racing which is described as “a race or contest while performing stunt or on a bet or wager.”

The OPP says the 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 as well. The impound and storage fees from the tow company alone are huge then, upon conviction, fines range between $2,000 and $10,000 or up to six months in jail.

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