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Speed? Let’s Talk About It!

Obeying speed limits and driving safely is not only a question of obeying the law. Speed carries a high cost in terms of money, worries and lives.

Speeding means…

Driving at a speed above the posted speed limit.

Speeding: where fines are doubled!

Fines are doubled for speeding in a road work zone or school zone (during the school year).

Think about it ahead of time!

Excessive speeding means…

Driving over the speed limit by:

  • 40 km/h or more in a zone where the speed limit is 60 km/h or less
  • 50 km/h or more in a zone where the speed limit is over 60 km/h to 90 km/h
  • 60 km/h or more in a zone where the speed limit is 100 km/h or over

Excessive speeding in brief

  • Your driver's licence is immediately suspended for 7, 30 or 60 days.
  • The vehicle you are driving may immediately be suspended for 30 days if this is your 2nd offence or more.
If you are found guilty
  • The number of demerit points is doubled.
  • The amount of the fine is doubled or tripled based on the number of excessive speeding offences entered in your driving record in the previous 10 years.
  • The offence is entered in your driving record for 10 years.
  • The cost of your driver's licence increases.

Adapting your speed to road conditions

When rain, snow, fog, wind or darkness affect road conditions, safe and cautious drivers slow down to reduce the risk of accident.

Speed combined with poor road conditions multiplies the risks of accidents because:

  • visibility may reduced by half, or even less
  • the distance required to stop the vehicle is much longer… for you and the other drivers
  • the vehicle may skid, even when in “anti-skid” mode and even with tires in good condition. The last thing you want is to lose control!

Failure to adapt your driving…

  • 2 demerit points
  • A $60 fine, plus costs

Dangerous driving is also punishable under the Criminal Code

If you are found guilty, the judge will decide:
  • the amount of the fine
  • the length of your prison sentence
  • the length of the licence revocation period
  • During this period, you will no longer be allowed to drive in Québec, elsewhere in Canada, in the United States, or anywhere else.
In addition, you will have a criminal record, which could close the door to:
  • learning several trades
  • getting into some schools, such as the École du barreau, and most professional corporations
  • entering the United States and several other countries

Last update: May 17, 2022