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.
Modes of Transportation – In an Automobile
Speeding: There's a Price to Pay!
Speeding is one of the leading causes of traffic accidents in Québec. Not only does it put lives in danger, but it also has tangible legal consequences.
Speed is one of the leading causes of traffic accidents in Québec.
On average, in 44% of motorcyclist fatalities over the past 5 years, “speeding” was mentioned as one of the two main causes of the accident.
... driving at a speed above the posted speed limit.
In order to ensure the safety of workers and other road users, fines are doubled when it comes to speeding in road work zones. Take care to respect 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
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
Did you know?
The cost of your automobile insurance will be higher as long as the offence is entered on your driving record.
Dangerous driving means...
... 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