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Surge in Stunt Driving Charges Alarming for Guelph Community

The number of stunt driving charges in Guelph has surged into the triple digits, prompting concern from local law enforcement.

Last year, Guelph police reported a significant increase with 144 charges, compared to 97 in 2022. This marks a steady rise over recent years, with 38 charges recorded in 2021.

As of May 13 this year, 41 stunt driving charges have already been issued. It is important to note that these figures exclude charges on the Hanlon Parkway, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Wellington OPP. The OPP did not provide comments before the publication of this report.

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Guelph police emphasize the gravity of these numbers, urging the community to take notice. Between 2017 and 2021, annual totals never surpassed 50:

  • 2017: 28
  • 2018: 27
  • 2019: 39
  • 2020: 48
  • 2021: 38

The upward trend coincides with the introduction of the Moving Ontarians More Safely Act in July 2021. This legislation imposed stricter penalties and measures to curb dangerous driving behaviors. One notable change was lowering the threshold for stunt driving charges. Now, drivers exceeding the speed limit by more than 40 km/h in zones with a limit of 80 km/h or less can be charged with stunt driving. For speed limits above 80 km/h, the threshold remains at 50 km/h over the limit.

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In the same month, city council endorsed a recommendation to lower speed limits in local neighborhoods to 40 km/h, an initiative highlighted by Councillor Tracey.

The alarming rise in stunt driving charges underscores the need for heightened awareness and adherence to traffic regulations to ensure community safety.

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