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Street Racing: What's The Penalty?

On May 29th, Dalton McGuinty announced that Ontario was cracking down on speed racers. The bill was passed hours after the sentencing of two men in the death of a Toronto taxi driver that made headlines last year when the duo was accused of street racing.

Since McGuinty’s government introduced its Safer Roads for a Safer Ontario Act, street racing is back in the news. A 48 year-old man died instantly June 18 in an accident, while trying to avoid street racers. Two men have been arrested and charged with street racing and dangerous driving causing death.

Here’s some information on how The Safer Roads for a Safer Ontario Act will affect the men if they’re convicted:

  • Those caught street racing can now have their licences suspended and cars impounded on the spot for seven days.
  • The maximum fine upon conviction for street racing has risen to $10,000 from $1,000, making it the highest penalty in Canada.
  • The minimum fine has increased to $2,000 from $200.

Since 1999, there have been an estimated 35 street-racing related deaths in and around the Greater Toronto Area.