New tougher penalties for street racers slammed by local lawyer


VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – As of December 1st tougher penalties will be imposed on dangerous drivers in BC and a local attorney says the existing system is bad but claims the incoming changes are worse.

Earlier this week the provincial government announced it was cracking down on dangerous drivers which could see those caught street racing lose their driving privileges for up to three years and not just a few days.

The new rules replace the existing 15-day penalty for street racing or stunt driving with much longer penalties, which would be determined by Road Safety BC on a case-by-case basis.

Most driving bans will be between three and 36 months under the new regulations and they’ll also apply to a broader range of offenses like excessive speeding, driving without due care and attention and other high-risk driving behaviours that present an immediate risk to the safety of the public.

However, Kyla Lee with Acumen Law Corporation isn’t a fan of the new law. “It’s not really a change. The government has been selling this story that they’re changing this trying to make the roads safer. This process is already in place.”

For the full news story, check out Kyla Lee’s interview with News1130, or listen below:

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