The new penalties for those who are caught stunting, racing or speeding excessively on Saskatchewan roads and highways take effect today. 

“The tough new penalties are intended to further discourage drivers from stunting, street racing and driving at excessively high speeds,” said Minister Responsible for SGI Dustin Duncan. “Those dangerous activities put all road users at risk, and they have no place in our communities or on our highways.”  

The new penalties will see anyone caught stunting, street racing, or exceeding the posted speed limit by 50 km/h, or double the limit, receive a seven-day license suspension. The vehicle will be impounded for 30 days as well. 

In addition to the fines, demerits and inconvenience of the impoundment and license suspension, the owner of an impounded vehicle will be responsible for the towing and storage fees. The driver will also have to go to a motor license issuer at the end of the suspension to have their driver’s licence reprinted for a fee. 

“SGI has had the vehicle impounds for excessive speed of 50 in place for several years now, and there was also the option for a person travelling 35 over the speed limit twice in a calendar year to also impound the vehicle,” explained Constable Kalin Wiebe with the Weyburn Police Service. “It’s ultimately ensuring the safety of the road uses by taking people’s licenses away so they’re not recommitting such offences.” 

Fines for stunting had been increased back in October of 2022, going from $150 to $580 and the fine for street racing was increased from $205 to $580 at the same time.  

Racing is described as driving side by side with another vehicle while disobeying the speed limit, chasing another vehicle, speeding in and out of lanes unsafely, and driving at a speed that is a marked departure from the speed limit. Stunting includes things such as attempting to lift some or all tires from the roadway, attempting to sping a vehicle, driving while not sitting in the driver’s seat, driving in the oncoming lane longer than is needed to pass, or stopping or slowing down to interfere with the movement of another vehicle.