Do you love to blast your music at high volume on downtown drives?
Are you driving a car without a muffler, have you modified your car to make it louder, or do you love to rev your motorbike in the downtown streets?
Well, it might be time to rethink that approach, as Canadian Police will target noisy drivers across all provinces in Canada: Ontario, Prince Edward Island,Newfoundland and Labrador,Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia,Manitoba,Nunavut,Northwest.
According to CityNews, tickets for noise offences will range from $1100 to $1550, so the cost of blasting tunes excessively with the windows down is fairly steep. The crackdown comes ahead of a new bylaw which will begin on Aprill 1, 2020.
A release from Police stated: “Loud and excessive noise can be characterized as noise that is a nuisance to the general public, taking into consideration the nature, location, time and proximity of the source to residents and members of the public.
“Examples may include a loud auto stereo or car, truck or motorcycle exhaust emitting sound to the extent it disturbs patrons at a restaurant, nearby residents or other motorists on the roadway.”
As for what will be considered an offence going forward, Global News reports that Police Supt. Scott Baptist advised drivers that they could be charged with having an improper muffler and for making unnecessary noise.
One caveat to note is that noise from construction work related to essential infrastructure will not be covered in the new bylaw.
Other Drivers convicted of distracted driving under the new laws will be punished with a licence suspension, a hefty fine and demerit points. The severity of the punishment increases with the number of subsequent offences committed:
- First offence: 3 days suspension and $3,000 fine
- Second offence: 7 days suspension and $6,000 fine
- Three or more offences: 30 days suspension, $8,000 fine and six demerit points
Police will not be able to seize driver’s licences at roadside. They would have to get the approval of a judge in order to be able to suspend any driver’s licences.
“It will not be a roadside suspension by a police officer, it will be conviction at court for an offence of distracted driving. Once you’re convicted, whether it is through a guilty plea or trial, you will lose your licence for three, seven or 30 days,” Toronto police Const. Clint Stibbe said.
Distracted driving is no longer limited to just texting and making phone calls. The Government of Canada has posted a list of activities that counts as distracted driving and it includes anything from simply holding an electronic device in one’s hand to eating while behind the wheel.
There have also been cases where people have been convicted of distracted driving for seemingly harmless deeds such as wearing earphones or looking at a smart watch while driving. This could open up a few grey areas with regards to the new laws.
According to the government, distracted driving is anything that causes a driver to be less focused on the road ; however, some drivers could argue that such definition is subjective.
The government have announced that they will no longer to let people off with warning if they are caught distracted driving. This means guilty offenders will automatically be slapped with straight fines.
“The time for warnings is certainly gone,” said Sgt. David Rektor. “Warnings served a purpose at the initial stages when people were transitioning to this law, but this law has been in effect for a number of years now. There’s no reason why somebody needs to be distracted.”
The Police of Canada will be closely monitoring the roads moving forward to crackdown on the distracted driving problem.