Modes of Transportation

Speeding: There's a Price to Pay!

Speeding is one of the leading causes of traffic accidents in Québec. In urban and living environments, small reductions to speed can have a big impact on the severity of injuries resulting from collisions. Not only does speeding put lives in danger, but it also has tangible legal consequences.

Speeding means...

... driving at a speed above the posted speed limit.

Speeding can lead to demerit points.

Each speeding offence is associated with a fine (PDF, 925.4 ko) and, depending on the number of demerit points you have accumulated in your driving record, an increase in the cost of your driver’s licence.

Fines double for speeding in road work zones or school zones (during the school year)!

In order to ensure the safety of workers, schoolchildren and other road users, fines are doubled when it comes to speeding in road work zones and school zones (during the school year). Take care to obey the posted limits and slow down.

Excessive speeding means...

…driving at a speed that exceeds 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 and up 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

Upon being pulled over

  • Your driver's licence is immediately suspended for 7, 30 or 60 days
  • The vehicle you are driving may be immediately seized and impounded for 30 days if this is your 2nd offence or more in a zone of 60 km/h or less

Upon being 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 on your driving record in the previous 10 years
  • The offence is entered on your driving record for 10 years
  • The cost of renewing your driver's licence increases significantly

Dangerous driving means...

... driving recklessly and exposing others to unacceptable risks.

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
  • the length of your imprisonmen, if applicable

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

The laws of physics apply to everyone!

The laws of physics apply to everyone, even an excellent driver in a high-performance vehicle. Speed:

  • reduces your field of vision
  • increases braking distance
  • increases the time required to carry out emergency manoeuvres
  • increases the risk of skidding out of control
  • increases the severity of collisions

Traffic offences you commit outside Québec follow you... back to Québec

Québec has entered into reciprocal agreements with Ontario, Maine and the State of New York.

Any offences leading to demerit points that you commit in those jurisdictions are entered on your driving record at the SAAQ, exactly as if those offences had been committed in Québec.

Last update: May 19, 2022