Traffic Tickets

Police officers often give out careless driving tickets in the event of a car accident. It is no wonder: the very fact that the accident happened suggests that one or both drivers did not pay sufficient attention or thought required to avoid it. What else we can say about careless driving tickets? There are many […]

By: Spectrum Paralegal
June 1, 2012

One of the most dreaded consequences of being convicted of a traffic offence is the subsequent increase in insurance rates, which can become twice as high, depending on the severity of the charge. This makes communicating with the insurance company an important aspect of handling traffic offences. So, what does one tell them? This depends […]

By: Spectrum Paralegal
October 19, 2016

The idea that a Provincial Offences Court may dismiss a traffic ticket if the trial is delayed is fairly widely known, and this is, indeed, the case. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms provides for an individual’s right to be tried within a reasonable time. A traffic ticket, like any other charges under the […]

By: Spectrum Paralegal
January 2, 2014

The traffic offence of disobeying a stop sign carries three demerit points. Apart from the fine, demerit points, as you know, impact your insurance rates and driving record. Since a traffic ticket for disobeying a stop sign is sure to adversely affect your driving record and insurance premiums, it is always best to fight it […]

By: Spectrum Paralegal
January 2, 2014

Under Ontario law, the Highway Traffic Act, a driver who fails to remain at the scene of the accident faces a fine from $200.00 and up, and up to six months of imprisonment, together with seven demerit points. A driver would be charged under the Highway Traffic Act if the consequences of the accident were […]

By: Spectrum Paralegal
January 2, 2014
By: Spectrum Paralegal
January 2, 2014

Running a red light is a common charge, yet there are a lot of factors to consider in fighting it. First: Penalties for a red light ticket The penalties for running a red light in Ontario are: three demerit points a fine for a total of $325.00 a conviction that will remain on your driving […]

A lot of people ask us what to do with their red light camera traffic tickets – it’s unpleasant to get these in the mail. But they’re really not that bad. Since the camera doesn’t see who’s driving, it can’t attach the offence to a driving record. Therefore, unlike red light tickets issued by the police, the camera tickets entail only a fine, but no demerit points or record on the driver’s abstract. Usually, it’s easiest to just pay the fine.

By: Spectrum Paralegal
January 2, 2014
By: Spectrum Paralegal
January 2, 2014

Every Ontario driver is required by law to carry insurance on his or her vehicle, to compensate any injured parties in case of a collision. Drivers found to be driving without insurance may be charged with the offence of driving with no insurance under the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act. The most significant consequence of driving […]

By: Spectrum Paralegal
July 16, 2013

Speeding is the most common type of traffic offence – who among us hasn’t pushed the car just a little faster than it’s suppose to go? However, though speeding may be a common offence, having a speeding conviction can be detrimental to your driving record. With speeding, the penalties get progressively more severe depending on […]

By: Spectrum Paralegal
January 2, 2014

“Stunt driving” is one of the most serious offences with which an Ontario driver can be charged. The penalties for a conviction of stunt driving in Ontario are the most severe in Canada after they were increased in 2007. Penalties for stunt driving in Ontario There are several types of penalties for a conviction of stunt […]

By: Spectrum Paralegal
January 2, 2014

In 2010, following a slew of studies linking cellphone use in the car with car accidents, the province of Ontario began fining drivers for “distracted driving” – for using cellphones or other handheld devices while driving. Penalty for cellphone tickets At the time of writing, the penalty for using a cellphone while driving in Ontario […]

There has been much talk about tightening the regulation surrounding the use of cellphones while driving as statistics suggests that such use is responsible for many accidents. The original section of the Highway Traffic Act that prohibited using a phone while driving came into effect in 2009, and has remained the same since. It reads: […]

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