Although Ottawa does not have near as much of a problem with street racing as other major cities in Canada and the United States, the Ottawa Police have received an increase number of complaints over the last few years, regarding street racing and vehicle equipment violations, (loud mufflers, improper lights, etc.) on city streets.
With road safety as a top priority, the Ottawa Police Traffic Section crack down on the drivers of automobiles and motorcycles engaging in this dangerous driving behaviour. Exceeding speed limits or driving too fast for conditions accounted for thousands of collisions on Ottawa's roads and these collisions cause many injuries, some of them serious, and some resulting in death. The Ottawa Police strives to create awareness of the laws, penalties and consequences of street racing as well as try to influence people to contribute to road safety.
Drivers who participate in a "street race," "driving contest," or "driving stunt" on an Ontario roadway will face an immediate :
Upon conviction offenders will face a:
Court ordered licence suspension
2 years for a first conviction
10 years for a second conviction
Drivers traveling more than 50 km/h above the posted speed limit are considered to be performing a stunt and are subject to all of the above penalties.
The Ottawa Police Service will not hesitate to enforce these amendments and offenders should expect both licence suspensions and vehicle impoundments.