Losing Your Vehicle For Seven Days; Not Cool!

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Friday,  June 2nd, 2017

Losing Your Vehicle For Seven Days; Not Cool!

It may seem like a cool idea to do a big burn out and drive fast, but it could land your car in the Police impound for seven days, and that is not cool!

A 21-year-old Emily Township man found out the hard way that aggressive driving could mean you lose your right to drive. Shortly after midnight on Friday, June 2nd, 2017 a Kawartha Lakes Police Officer observed a red Honda Civic being operated in an unsafe manner on Lindsay Street South. The Officer observed the driver rev the engine and drop the clutch in an attempt to do a burnout. The vehicle then accelerated, quickly surpassing the speed limit. In the end, the vehicle was stopped; the driver was charged with stunt driving, and the Honda is in the Police pound for the next seven days.

In Ontario, if you are charged under the Highway Traffic Act with an offence that is deemed to be a “stunt”, like causing your tires to lose traction, you will face an immediate suspension of your licence for seven days, and seizure of your car for seven days. Overall, it can be an expensive proposition, with the cost of reinstating your licence set at $180.00 plus the costs associated with the seizing of your vehicle. If convicted, the minimum first-time fine for stunt driving is $2,000. That fine can go all the way up to $10,000. You could also end up with six months in jail and a 2-year licence suspension.

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