Street Racing and Stunt Driving
Street racing and stunt driving are dangerous activities that greatly increase the likelihood of a crash causing death or serious injury. These activities also pose a significant risk of substantial damage to public roads and private property. Drivers who choose to engage in these dangerous behaviours will have their vehicle immediately impounded and receive substantial fines or possibly charged with a Criminal Code offence.
Street racing is when a driver attempts to out-distance, or arrive at a destination before another motor vehicle, or attempts to prevent one or more other motor vehicles from passing.
Stunt driving involves driving actions such as lifting a motor vehicle’s tires from the road, intentionally losing traction, spinning, driving into oncoming traffic, preventing other motor vehicles from passing, or driving too close to other vehicles.
Full definitions of ‘Race’ and ‘Stunt’ are available in the Motor Vehicle Act.
Multiple charges can arise because of a single street racing or stunting incident. These include, but are not limited to: Speeding, Dangerous Driving, Driving without due care and attention, Traffic control violations, and Excessive noise. Dangerous Driving is a criminal offence, and if convicted, drivers can expect additional fines and possibly a jail sentence. A full list of offences and their associated fines and penalty points can be found on ICBC’s website.
In addition to penalties and fines from associated charges, the vehicle used in a street race will be immediately impounded for 7 days at the owner’s expense (or up to 60 days – see the Notice of Impoundment and Term of Impoundment information. The vehicle used in the race may also be subject to forfeiture under the Civil Forfeiture Act.
In cases of racing and stunt driving, where a driver has engaged in high-risk driving behaviour(s), a peace officer may also complete a High-Risk Driving Incident Report to initiate a review by the Superintendent of an incident that needs to be dealt with swiftly. If the Superintendent is satisfied that the driver is an immediate risk to public safety, the Superintendent will issue a Notice of Prohibition in order to immediately intervene and ensure public safety by removing the driver from the road as swiftly as possible. For more information about the High-Risk Driving Incident Report Program, please see the High-Risk Driving Prohibition Guidelines.