Amendments to the Highway Safety Code will result in changes to some of the information on this page. To learn more about the Code’s new provisions and the dates the amendments will come into effect, please refer to the highwaysafetycode.gouv.qc.ca microsite.
Behaviours – Speed
What the Law Says
Speed limits are posted on road signs. Not respecting those limits can lead to demerit points and fines, and also have other consequences.
... driving at a speed above the posted speed limit.
... driving recklessly and exposing others to unacceptable risks. Depending on the context, the police officer decides whether or not to lay criminal charges.
Examples of dangerous driving include:
passing where prohibited (such as across a yellow line or a double yellow line) or dangerous (such as when going up a hill or before entering a curve) when a vehicle is approaching from the opposite direction
not slowing down when weather conditions require that you do so
zigzagging between vehicles in order to pass one vehicle, then another, then another
Dangerous driving is punishable under the Criminal Code
Depending on the situation, the judge will decide:
the amount of the fine
the period during which you will be prohibited from driving. During that period, you will not be able to drive in Québec, the rest of Canada, the United States or anywhere else
the length of your imprisonment
Having a criminal record can be a barrier when it comes to:
practicing various trades and professions
becoming a member of a professional corporation
entering the United States
Offences committed outside Québec
Québec has entered into reciprocal agreements with Ontario, Maine and New York State. As a result, the SAAQ will be informed of any offence committed in those jurisdictions that puts demerit points on your record. Your file will be dealt with as though the offence had been committed in Québec.