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If you thought we had it bad, our friends in North America have long ago realised the true nature of speed cameras. Although in the U.S. state of Texas, speed cameras were recently banned, in Ontario, Canada, a new law has just passed for motorists caught driving 50km/h over the speed limit to be automatically charged with “street racing”, even if they are the only driver on the road.

Street racing in Canada is subjected to a $10,000 fine and the possibility of six months in jail. Canadian authorities have previously labelled street racing as “organized crime” – showing unwillingness to understand the problem and find a solution. Like most Australian cities, Ontario car enthusiasts have limited access to race tracks and drag strips and many wrongfully live out their passion on the road.

Fortunately, we don’t live in Canada, as the new rules also give Police officers the power to take away a motorists’ license (for 7 days) without an appeals process.

The Canadians are going to extreme lengths to insure drivers are not speeding, with speeding tickets set to pay for a high-tech surveillance airplane to track motorists. Looking to the side of the road is no longer sufficient, Canadians now need to check the sky before heading out…


  • Reckless1

    When I drove across the Nullabor in 1971 they had speed aeroplanes and/or helicopters in WA.

    Victoria has a $12000-odd fine for some traffic offenses, can’t recall what it is but it was recently legislated.

    Seems Canada is learning from Aus….Until now I thought Canada was one of the most civilised places left on earth

  • Ricky Boby

    Not sure where this information came from but I’ve lived in Canada my who life and never heard of this…

    I just did a search on google and couldn’t find anything else on it or any canadian government website about this…
    All your related Posts go back to your site…

  • http://www.caradvice.com.au/ alborz
  • http://www.trafficticketsolutions.ca Rebecca Johnson

    We recive about 50-100 calls a day for Ontario Traffic Tickets and have not recived many for street racing. Thie could be because coppers are just not giving out the tickets. There is a lot of hype but we’ll see if they start using the racing traffic ticket or if it is just to scare the public into driving safely…

  • http://www.trafficticketsolutions.ca Toronto Traffic Ticket

    One more thing… The higher the fine or demerit points, the more people are likely to fight it meaning the courts become even more backed up and the more money will need to be spent on trials.. We will see what happens….

  • http://www.ontariotraffictickets.com Chris Conway

    This new law hasnt been tested in the courts, but its a heavy new law. Here is some information from my web site at OntarioSpeeding.com and it probably applies to speed enforcement throughout the world.

    How to avoid a Speeding Ticket

    The best advice to avoid a speeding ticket is not to speed. But it’s going to happen, everyone speeds, the police, the Judges and the prosecutors. How do you avoid a speeding ticket? There are times and places where you are more likely to get a ticket. School zones and anytime you see a Community Safety Zone are areas that the police are going to target with speed limit enforcement. Be aware on long straight stretches of roadway, and as you come over the crest of a hill or going down any hill.

    The police look for good places to catch speeders. They don’t always base the set up of a speed trap on the whether there is a good reason to do speed enforcement, but more on the fact are they going to get speeding tickets.

    Always pay attention to the posted speed limit. If you don’t see the speed signs the limit in the city is 50 km/h and outside the city its 80km/h.

    If you’re driving 10 to 15 km/h over the limit your very unlikely to get a speeding ticket. The police are regular people doing a job. They are going to use common sense and not stop people speeding a little over the limit. Most police officers will set a personal limit as to what they feel is acceptable for a driver to be over the speed limit. A lot of officers will use over 15km per hour and some will say 20km/h. The limit the officer makes is totally within his discretion, and a police officer could theoretically write you a ticket for even one kilometer over the limit, but we have never seen it happen.

    If you see a police car or officer, stay within the speed limit. If you pass a police car even speeding slightly you could be stopped and given a ticket. A lot of officer take it as an insult to the law if you pass them even a little bit over the limit. It’s wise to let police vehicles pass or reduce your speed in the vicinity of a police vehicle.

    Some officers using radar target the passing lane, especially on the 400 series highways in Ontario.

    Conventional radar targets the largest, fastest object, therefore don’t be the lead vehicle. Laser radar can pick a vehicle out of a group of cars all the officer has to do is target the vehicle and pull the trigger recording the speed. A police laser can pick you up 400 to 500 metres away. The length of five football fields. They see you long before u see them.

    Again dont be the first vehicle, if you’re the first vehicle, your going to be the first vehicle checked for your speed.