Street Racing

Police at the scene of a collision.

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.

Speeding Costs You... A Fine, Your Licence and Even Your Vehicle 

Drivers who participate in a "street race," "driving contest," or "driving stunt" on an Ontario roadway will face an immediate :

  • 30 day licence suspension
  • 14 day vehicle impoundment (regardless if the offender owns the vehicle or not)

Upon conviction offenders will face a:

  • Minimum fine between $200 and $2,000
  • Maximum fine between $1,000 and $10,000
  • 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.

As of July 1st, 2021, drivers travelling more than 40km/h over the speed limit on a road where the speed limit is under 80km/h 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.