By: Ron Harper
I’ve been told that it is illegal to pull people behind your vehicle. Sometimes for fun I like to pull one of my buddies behind the truck on a set of rollerblades or skateboard on a rope. No one gets hurt. We’re grown adults even if its just for stupid fun I can’t see the police really caring. Can you clear this up for us?
You certainly could get in trouble with the law for doing this. There is a section of the Highway Traffic Act that specifically prohibits such use of a vehicle:
Towing of persons on bicycles, toboggans, etc., prohibited
160. No driver of a vehicle or street car shall permit any person riding, riding on or operating a bicycle, coaster, toboggan, sled, skateboard, toy vehicle or any other type of conveyance or wearing roller skates, in-line skates or skis to attach the same, himself or herself to the vehicle or street car on a highway. 2015, c. 14, s. 48.
A conviction would result in a record of conviction on your driving record including a 2 demerit point penalty. If the offence occurred in a community safety zone, it is also possible that the fine issued against you could be doubled.
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