Careless Driving & Stunt Driving (HTA)
Careless driving and stunt driving are not criminal charges, and are prosecuted pursuant to the Highway Traffic Act (HTA). Careless driving and stunt driving are considered the most serious offences under the Highway Traffic Act. Though they are not criminal in nature, being found guilty of these offences can have a number of detrimental impacts, including jail terms, increased insurance premiums, vehicle impoundment and significant fines.
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. Under the related regulation, “stunts” include exceeding the posted speed limit by more than 50 kilometers per hour. If one is convicted of 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. This is in addition to immediate vehicle impoundment and an administrative 7-day license suspension.
Section 130 of the Highway Traffic Act creates the offence of careless driving. The section 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.
Why should you hire Passi & Patel for careless and stunt driving offences?
Careless driving and stunt driving is broadly defined under the Highway Traffic Act, as a result, these charges are very common. As noted above, these charges can have a number of detrimental impacts including, jail, increased insurance premiums, vehicle impoundment and significant fines. For individuals in the transportation or automotive industries, these charges can also have consequences for employment. For these reasons, it is important to hire skilled and effective Brampton criminal lawyer if you have been charged with careless driving or stunt driving. At Passi & Patel, our Brampton criminal lawyers have successfully defended a number of careless driving and stunt driving cases. We have the knowledge and expertise required to get you results. Call us today at 905-459-0004 if you, a friend or a loved one has been charged with careless driving or stunt driving and let our Brampton criminal lawyers assist you.