What is the penalty for dangerous driving?
The penalties associated with a conviction for dangerous driving differ depending on the particular circumstances of the case. Like most offences, many factors are taken into consideration in the determination of a proper sentence. These factors include:
- the circumstances in which the offence was committed
- the accused’s background
- property damage
- The driving caused injury or death
- Consumption of drugs or alcohol
- Racing or stunting
- Driving while distracted (cell phone or other handheld device)
If the Crown Prosecutor proceeds by way of summary conviction, the accused faces a maximum penalty of 6 months imprisonment and/or a $5,000 fine. If the Crown proceeds by indictment, the maximum penalty is 5 years’ imprisonment. Whether the Crown proceeds by summary or indictment is based on the severity of the allegations.
If the accused caused bodily harm or death to another individual as a result of the dangerous driving, the charges must proceed by way of indictment. Dangerous driving causing bodily harm carries a maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment. Dangerous driving causing death carries a maximum penalty of 14 years’ imprisonment.
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