DUNROBIN – Two young drivers are learning the hard way (hopefully) not to speed on West Carleton’s rural roads.
In a matter of hours, a 17-year-old and 18-year-old driver both had their licences suspended yesterday (Jan. 23) on Dunrobin Road.
Ottawa Police Service Traffic Enforcement Const. Phil Kane was doing speed enforcement in the West Carleton area Thursday afternoon. On the long, straight, but fairly populated major artery that is Dunrobin Road, Kane nabbed two G2 drivers speeding excessively.
“A 17-year-old G2 driver caught doing 151 km/h in an 80 zone,” Kane released on social media. “Three hours later, another 18-year-old G2 caught doing 130 km/h in a 60 zone. Both charged with stunt driving and both driver’s licences suspended for seven days and cars gone for seven days.”
An Ontario G2 licence is the second stage of the three-stage Ontario licensing process in Ontario.
G1 drivers apply for their G2 licence a full year after driving with a G1 unless they have taken a government approved driver’s education course. G1 drivers must always drive with a fully licenced driver. To earn your G2 licence, applicants must pass a road test.
Once a motorist has a G2 licence, the d river can drive anywhere day or night, alone or with passengers. G2 drivers must always have a blood alcohol level of zero and passengers must all have access to a working seatbelt.
“Failure to obey traffic laws will not only result in a ticket—which as a novice driver can really hurt your Ontario auto insurance premiums—but may also earn you demerit points,” InsuranceHotline.com says. “You start with zero points, and if you are convicted of breaking traffic laws, you gain demerit points which go on your driving record. A G2 licence means you’re still a new driver, so the penalties will differ from that of a G licensed driver. A fully licensed G driver, for example, will have their licence suspended for 30 days if they have 15 or more demerit points, whereas a G2 licensed driver will have their licence suspended for 60 days if they have nine demerit points or more.”
Under the escalating penalties program, drivers with their G2 licence may also face additional consequences if they violate the Ontario Highway Traffic Act. On your first conviction, your licence will be suspended for 30 days; on your second it will be suspended for 90 days; and, on your third conviction you will lose your novice licence all together and have to start over.