Highway Traffic Offences
Getting a ticket can affect your driving record and insurance rates, which effects may last years.
Most traffic tickets in Ontario have demerit points that are associated with the offence. The demerit points assigned with the offence will not be listed on your ticket, nor will an officer assign the demerit points to the offence. Demerit points are set by the Ministry of Transportation in Ontario. When you are found guilty of a traffic ticket, the offence will appear on your driver’s record with its assigned demerit points.
You should be aware that if you accumulate 6 demerit points on your record, a warning letter will be sent to you in the mail. If you accumulate 9 points, you will have an interview with the Ministry of Transportation to discuss your driving record. They will also provide you with reasons as to why your licence should be suspended. If you do not attend this interview, most likely your licence will be suspended. At 15 points, your licence will be suspended for 30 days from the date you surrender your licence to the Ministry of Transportation. Keep in mind that if you do not surrender your licence at 15 points, then you could lose your licence for up to 2 years. You may be required to complete a driver re-examination (which may include vision, knowledge and road tests) after the suspension. The number of points on your record will be reduced to 7. If you reach 15 points again, your licence will be suspended for 6 months.
Even if a traffic ticket does not carry any demerit points, paying your ticket is still pleading guilty to the offence. A traffic ticket conviction will still be registered on your record which may still increase your insurance rates. The only way to avoid a traffic ticket on your record is to fight the ticket in court for a chance to have the ticket reduced or eliminated.
We can help you to avoid or reduce the impact on your driving record and insurance rates. Contact us today.