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Understanding Ontario Stunt Driving Charges

Stunt driving legislation came into effect in 2007, giving the police a serious enforcement tool to combat street racing and aggressive, dangerous drivers. This charge has multiple applications.

Anyone caught driving 50 kilometers/hour or more over the posted speed limit is issued a stunt driving summons for excessive speed.

Stunt driving can also be applied to numerous other Highway Traffic Act charges. If a driver is charged with careless driving for weaving in and out of traffic, an officer can also issue a stunt driving charge on top of the careless driving charge. If you are sitting at a red light and spinning or smoking your tires while accelerating away, you can be issued an unnecessary noise summons as well as a stunt driving summons. If on a motorcycle and you “pop a wheelie,” you will be issued a stunt driving charge.

Police have the authority (and do without exception!) to impound the vehicle on the spot for 7 days regardless of whether or not it’s your vehicle. You will get a 7 day ADLS (automatic driver's licence suspension). You will be responsible for the impound fees and daily charges the tow company charges.

About the Stunt Driving Summons

What you need to know about a stunt driving summons:

  • It is an order for you to attend court on a specific date
  • If you do not appear, a warrant can be issued for your arrest
  • This summons comes with a minimum fine of $2,000 up to $10,000
  • You can get up to 6 months in jail, with or without the above fine
  • Your driver’s licence can be suspended for a period of time—if this is your 1st conviction, for up to 2 years; if this is your 2nd conviction, your licence could be suspended for up to 10 years
  • You will earn 6 demerit points

If You’ve Been Charged with Stunt Driving, Call TRAFFIC STOP® Today

With a stunt driving conviction on your record, you will suffer serious insurance ramifications similar to a careless driving conviction. Fortunately, TRAFFIC STOP® is here to assist you. Stunt driving is a very serious allegation that requires the expertise and knowledge that TRAFFIC STOP can deliver for you.


I drove to Barrie, Ontario court to run a Stunt Driving trial for my client charged at 138 KM/H in a posted 70 KM/H zone (68 KM/H over the posted limit). From day one, my client said he was going exactly 70 KM/H and the officer was wrong. When I met my client in court to check in, the prosecutor tried to intimidate my client and I by saying, “I’m offering you a 49 over, this O.P.P. Sgt. gives the best evidence around, are you sure you want to challenge him?”

WE SURE DO! LET’S GO! – 2 1/2 hours later my client walked out of court a free man! Charge dismissed. We watched others cop out and plead to 49 over before our trial. I suppose if you admit you were speeding, and got the offer, it could be a good offer which I usually get, but in THIS situation, my client risked it all and said “I wasn’t speeding and I will not plead to 49 over.”


1) I attended Blenheim, Ontario court with my client charged with Stunt Driving to wit: 156 KM/H in a posted 100 KM/H zone. My client admitted to this speed but the O.P.P. officer had many errors in her notes and there was an element of “entrapment” on my client. This court is known to NEVER lower a speed on stunt driving charges, you plead guilty or run a trial – period. After the above issues were pointed out to the Crown and the officer, my client was offered a Guilty Plea to speeding 149 KM/H in a posted 100 KM/H zone and couldn’t have been happier!

Sometimes clients agree to the speed but don’t want to risk a trial if offered a fair resolution - which is what happened in this situation.

2) Our client in Kitchener ON, charged with: Stunt driving, Speeding 127/60 & Disobeying Red Light – Reduced to: Speeding 109/60 other 2 charges dropped.

3) Our client in Burlington ON, charged with: Stunt Driving to wit “Marked Departure from normal lane changes” – Reduced to: Change Lane Not in Safety (3 points)

4) Our client in Vaughan ON, charged with: Stunt Driving 162/100 – Reduced to 149/100

5) We have hundreds of files with deals that our clients said to take instead of risking a trial and huge fines, a long licence suspension & the BIGGIE - jail.

My “every day” court is Kitchener (30 years 5 days/week I’ve been in this one!). I’m also a regular in Guelph, Milton, Brampton, Mississauga, Toronto, Brantford and Stratford. I will go to any court in Southern Ontario you need help in.

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