Your First Speeding Ticket In Ontario and What You Can Do About It
You may think that speeding is something that is not a problem, because everyone does it, and you even do it when you are in a hurry.
Well, think again. Speeding is a serious problem, and there are been many serious injuries and deaths occur because of people driving their vehicles too fast. If you live in Ontario, and you are pulled over by the police for speeding, you are probably not going to be able to get away with a warning. In fact, you will not only be ticketed, you will receive a fine that you must pay, and, you may even receive demerit points on your driver’s license.
Obviously, it just makes a lot more sense to do your best to stay within the posted speed limits.
If you start to speed up a little bit, here is what you may be facing:
- Every speeding ticket comes with a fine, which will vary in amount depending on how many kilometres over the speed limit you are driving.
- If you are caught driving more than 15 kilometres above the posted speed limit, not only will you receive a fine, there will also be demerit points.
- Having a speeding ticket on your driving record can make it so that you have higher insurance rates than you normally would.
- You may even be facing a suspension of your driver’s license, and if you are repeat offender, you could have your license taken away all together.
What are Demerit Points?
It used to be that when you received your driver’s license, you were given a certain amount of points, which would increase yearly until there was a certain amount of points. If you had a traffic violation, some of these points would be taken away from you, and if got down to zero points, you would lose your driver’s license. The system is a little bit different today. Now, you do not receive points when you get your license, and if you have a traffic violation, such as speeding, you will be given demerit points. Probationary drivers in Ontario are allowed to have a maximum of six demerit points before license suspension, and fully licensed drivers are allowed 15. If you reach this maximum, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation will suspend your driver’s license for 30 days if this is the first demerit point violation. If any demerit points are accumulated beyond this, the suspension may be as long as six months.
Depending on how fast you are driving, the amount of demerit points you could receive is going to vary.
Here is what you can expect if you are pulled over for speeding in Ontario:
- 0-15 Kilometres over: No demerit points
- 16-29 Kilometres over: 3 demerit points
- 30-49 Kilometres over: 4 demerit points
- 50 or more kilometres over: 6 demerit points and/or a 30 day license suspension
- Stunt driving: 7 day suspension effective immediately, 7 day impound, 6 demerit points, one year license suspension, minimum fine $2,000 and maximum $10,000, in jail up to six months, and guaranteed 100% insurance rate increase.
Speeding is never a good habit to get into, but there are many people who just can’t seem to drive within the posted speed limits. If you find that you are speeding often, it is time to nip it in the bud right now. If you have not already received a speeding ticket, it is only because you have gotten lucky.
More About Stunt Driving Speeding Tickets
As silly as it may seem, a lot of young people are using public roads for stunt driving parties. They race and speed, and perform all kinds of “fun” little tricks with their automobiles. This is so dangerous, and also very much against the law. There are no second chances for anyone who is caught stunt driving, and as noted above, there is the possibility of jail time for this. In addition to the heavy fines you will have to pay, you are also going to be responsible for any impound fees.
If you are wondering exactly what stunt driving is, basically, it is when people do really stupid things in their vehicles on purpose.
You could be charged with stunt driving if you are doing any of the following (this list is just a fraction of the offenses that are listed under stunt driving):
- Two or more vehicles driving at high speeds, or racing.
- Chasing another motor vehicle.
- Driving in a way that all tires leave the surface of the road.
- Driving the car in a way that makes it spin out of control, on purpose.
- Two vehicles driving side by side in both lanes without passing.
- Driving at 50 kilometres or more above the posted speed limit.
- Driving with a person in the trunk of the car.
- Constant braking and accelerating when there is no reason to.
There are exceptions to the rules about sport driving, but these exceptions usually only apply when there is an organized driving event of some sort going on. If you have been charged with stunt driving, you really don’t want to appear in court by yourself, at least not if you want to fight the charge. You will need the help of a good attorney who understands driving laws, and can help you get your license back so you can get back out on the road.
Fighting a Speeding Ticket
If you do not believe that you were speeding when you received your ticket, you may go to court and try to fight it. Many people have successfully fought speeding tickets in Ontario, just because of little technicalities. If you have received a speeding ticket, and feel that you have gotten it unfairly, you may wish to take your case in front of a judge. When you do, it is a good idea to consult with an attorney before hand, and make sure that your attorney is there in court with you to help you win your case.