Monday, September 16, 2019
Ontario Regulation 455/07 and the Demerit Point System
The Ontario Regulation 455/07 is a regulation put into place that deals with stunt driving, as well as racing and contest driving. The regulation clearly outlines and defines what races, contests, and stunt driving are, covering the many different situations and scenarios that fall under those three categories. It also outlines the many punishments that can be given to those who are caught racing or stunt driving. The punishments are extremely severe, ranging from heavy fines to jail time, license suspension, and even having your vehicle detained. The demerit point system is used to enforce safe driving, but to also discourage, dissuade, and not overly drivers who are caught breaking the law. Rather it is a system that encourages drivers to reform their actions, so as to become better and safer drivers. As the severity of the offence increases, more demerit points are given out and can result in fines, license suspension, and even jail time. Regulation 455/07 works well in conjunction with the demerit point system. Stunt driving and Racing are often the result of careless drivers. Rather then ruining the lives of these drivers by punishing them in a way that severely affects their life, demerit points can be used as a way to punish these drivers, yet at the same time encourage them to reform their ways, without destroying their current way of living. For the safety of all road users, those who break the driving regulations by participating in activities like stunt driving, racing, and contest driving, should be severely punished and reprimanded and this can be achieved in many ways, from fines to jail time and demerit points. Demerit points serve as a key way to punish such actions because of the systems tendency to encourage reform rather then just punishment for the sake of punishment.