A London man upset with a tinted window ticket is probably wishing he had just gone quietly in Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 8).
According to the St. Thomas Police Service, the 29-year-old London man was pulled over in St. Thomas shortly after 3 p.m. for having a colour coating on his windows.
He didn’t agree with the ticket and let the officer know by spinning his tires on the gravel shoulder and leaving squelch marks on the pavement as he drove away.
The problem with that, beside risking damage or injury to objects and persons behind the vehicle, is that causing your tires to “lose traction, spin or circle without control” falls under the stunt driving provision of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA), Section 172(1).
The man was pulled over again and arrested for stunt driving. His 2004 BMW was impounded and driver’s licence suspended, both for seven days.
Enacted in 2007 primarily to address a jump in street racing, Ontario’s stunt driving legislation is most often associated with speeding more than 50 kilometres per hour over the posted limit.
However, there are several other driving behaviours that can invoke its stiff penalties, including:
• Driving without all tires in contact with the road;
• Driving in the oncoming lane;
• Driving with a person in the trunk;
• Driving without the driver in the driver’s seat (ghost-driving);
• Preventing passing;
• Stopping or slowing down to interfere with another vehicle;
• Driving too close to a vehicle, pedestrian or object; and
• Turning left from red light before oncoming traffic.
Being charged under Section 172(1) of the HTA carries with it an automatic roadside vehicle impoundment and driver’s licence suspension, both seven days in duration and an automatic court date.
A first stunt driving conviction carries with it six demerit points, the same number issued for failing to stop for a school bus with its lights flashing, and a fine of at least $2,000, plus up to six months in jail.