Careless Driving & Stunt Driving under the Highway Traffic Act
Careless driving and stunt driving are prosecuted under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA). As a result they are not criminal charges, however, being found guilty of either careless driving or stunt driving can have a number of harsh consequences. These consequences could include increased insurance premiums, vehicle impoundment, significant fines and even jail time.
Careless driving is found in Section 130 of the Highway Traffic Act. Section 130 states: Every person is guilty of the offence of driving carelessly who drives a vehicle or street car on a highway without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the highway and on conviction is liable to a fine of not less than $400 and not more than $2,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than six months, or to both, and in addition his or her licence or permit may be suspended for a period of not more than two years.
Section 172(1) of the Highway Traffic Act creates an offence for driving a motor vehicle in a race or contest, while performing a stunt, or on a bet or wager. Section 172(1) explains that “stunts” include exceeding the posted speed limit by more than 50 kilometers per hour. Upon a conviction for racing or stunt driving, he/she risks a fine of up to $10,000, a maximum of 6 months in jail, and a maximum two-year license suspension for a first offence. There is also a mandatory immediate vehicle impoundment and a 7-day license suspension under Section 172(6).
What can the Vaughan Criminal Lawyers at Capulli Law do for your careless and stunt driving charge?
Both careless driving and stunt driving charges are common. The reason for this is the sections are very broadly defined. These charges can have a number of harsh consequences. The consequences could be jail, increased insurance premiums, vehicle impoundment and significant fines. A person’s employment eligibility could be affected if they work in any type of job that requires a vehicle. It is important for a person charged with careless driving or stunt driving to hire a skilled and effective Vaughan Criminal Lawyer. Contact Capulli Law and let our Vaughan Criminal Lawyers successfully defend your careless driving and stunt driving case. We have the knowledge and expertise required to get you the outcome you deserve. Call us today at (647) 504-6878 if you, a friend or a loved one has been charged with careless driving or stunt driving and let our Vaughan Criminal Lawyers help you.