We need stiffer fines for young drivers: expert
A prominent road safety expert says the fines need to be higher for young people who commit offences while driving.
Jean-Marie de Koninck, the founder of Operation Red Nose and the head of Quebec's road safety task force, says the long-standing $100 cap on fines for young people should be eliminated.
"We think that for young drivers, it's not a very good idea," de Koninck says. "It's almost an incentive for behaving dangerously on the road."
He adds drivers under 19 account for 10 percent of serious road accidents in Quebec — despite the fact that people in that age group account for just 3 percent of drivers' licences.