Niagara Region drivers now face stiffer penalties for speeding


Published July 2, 2021 at 6:23 pm


Drivers suffering from lead-foot in the Niagara Region may want to keep a closer eye on their speedometer.

As of yesterday (July 1), the Province has implemented much heftier fines and punishment for more dangerous levels of speeding.

Under the new Moving Ontarians More Safely (MOMS) Act, already incorporated into the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, drivers engaged in street racing, stunt racing, aggressive driving and unsafe driving on Niagara Region roads will now face much harsher penalties.

Niagara Police will now be:

  • Increasing the street racing or stunt driving roadside licence suspension from seven days to 30 days and vehicle impoundment from seven days to 14 days.
  • Upon conviction of the charge, licence suspensions increase for first offence will be a minimum of one to three years, a second offence now 3 to 10 years and the third offence, lifetime suspension (that may be reduced at a later date.) A fourth offence is a lifetime suspension, period.
  • Where the posted speed limit is less than 80km/hr, if you are caught doing 40km/hr over that limit, you will be charged with stunt driving, which was previously set at 50km/hr over.

There could be cause for concern with Niagara drivers. From June 19 to 26, the Niagara Police conducted a focused initiative within Niagara-on-the-Lake, concentrating on community safety zones, areas of public complaints and speed data obtained from the Town.

During the one week, 77 Provincial Offence Notices were issued. The offences included: speeding, driving with no licence and G1 drivers unaccompanied by qualified driver.

(Photo courtesy of Niagara Regional Police Services)

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