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TRAFFIC TICKETS: OTHER TRAFFIC TICKETS

Have you got a traffic ticket due to:

  • Failing to Stop at a Red Light (Disobeying a Red Light)
  • Disobeying a Traffic Control Person’s STOP and SLOW sign
  • Driving Without Licence?
  • Failing to Stop at a STOP Sign (Disobeying Stop Sign)
  • Failing to Remain at the Scene
  • Following too Closely
  • Driving Under Suspension

Do NOT just pay your traffic ticket!

  • Are you aware that simply paying your traffic ticket means you are pleading guilty to the offence?
  • Once you pay your traffic ticket thereby pleading guilty, the conviction will be on your driving records.
  • Do not forget, if you have a conviction record, your auto insurance will be increased upon renewal.
  • Remember, if you collect enough demerit points, you can lose your driver’s licence!
  • If you collect enough demerit points it can result in your insurance premium 2-5 times increasing!
  • If you collect enough demerit points you would be labeled as a “High Risk Driver” and could remain in this category for 3 years minimum and up to 6 years.
  • Depending on the offence you have committed, number of convictions on your driver records, and demerit points you have collected, your insurance may not be renewed at all!

At CP Paralegal Services, we can represent you and fight your traffic ticket. Our ultimate goal is to eliminate your charges entirely. If we are not successful in it, we will negotiate with the prosecutor the lowest possible fine, do our best to lower your demerit points, protect your license from being suspended, and keep your insurance low.

At CP Paralegal Services, we never-ever go to court unprepared: for every traffic ticket case we order and review the Police Officer’s notes and evidence (disclosure) in advance to defend you the best possible way.

Check the Services & Fees page of our website and you’ll have no doubts that you can afford it!

To fight your traffic ticket, or not to fight?

According to the circumstances involved and the information on your traffic ticket, consider all options you have and decide what to do: whether to pay your fine and get a conviction record; to try to lower your fine, pay it and get a conviction record; to fight your traffic ticket by yourself or hire CP Paralegal Services. Weigh the pros and cons of every option. Calculate the cost of fighting your traffic ticket and weigh it against the chances of getting it dismissed or reduced to a lower charge. First of all, think about your insurance!

You have 15 days from the date of the offence to decide what strategy to choose to deal with your traffic ticket.

If you want to know how conviction for traffic ticket can affect your insurance, go to No insurance page in the “Traffic Tickets” section of our website or visit our Auto Insurance and Traffic Ticket pages in “FAQ” section.

FAILING TO STOP AT A RED LIGHT (DISOBEYING A RED LIGHT)


According to Ontario Highway Traffic Act Section 144(18), every driver approaching a traffic control signal showing a circular red indication, or red light and facing the indication shall stop his or her vehicle and shall not proceed until a green indication is shown. Drivers are usually charged with this traffic ticket for failing to stop at a red light when failing to come to a full stop at a red light.

Penalties for failing to stop at a red light (disobeying a red light):

  • 3 demerit points
  • Fine of $260 plus surcharge

FAILING TO STOP AT A STOP SIGN (DISOBEYING STOP SIGN)

You have committed failing to stop at a stop sign offence when you have failed to come to a full stop at a stop sign. Failing to stop at a stop sign is one of the most common offences issued under the Highway Traffic Act. Whether or not the way is clear to proceed, if you do not come to a full and complete stop you are committing a traffic violation. This offence may seem like a minor offence however the penalties for failing to stop at a stop sign are pretty stiff and will affect your driving record for 3 years which will raise your insurance premiums.

Penalties for failing to stop at a stop sign (disobeying stop sign)

  • 3 demerit points
  • Fine from $90 to $500
  • A conviction on your driving record for 3 years
  • Minimum fine of $400 plus 6 demerit points if you fail to come to a full stop and yield for a school bus

DISOBEYING A TRAFFIC CONTROL PERSON’S STOP AND SLOW SIGN

Effective March 31, 2006, Bill 169 also amended the Highway Traffic Act to make it an offence to disobey a traffic control person’s STOP and SLOW sign. A traffic control person is defined as an individual who directs traffic and works for or is under contract to, a road authority or a utility. Firefighters have also been given the authority to use the traffic control STOP and SLOW sign under Bill 169, therefore fines and penalties would also apply at an accident location where the signs are being used by firefighters. In some instances, a traffic control person not employed or under contract to a road authority or utility might be required to control traffic on a municipal roadway. In these cases written permission or a permit from the municipality with jurisdiction over the work area must be obtained.

Penalties for disobeying a traffic control person’s stop and slow sign

  • 3 demerit points
  • Fine from $60 to $500
  • A conviction on your driving record for 3 years

FAILING TO REMAIN AT THE SCENE

Failing to report and remain at the scene of a motor vehicle accident is one of the most serious offences under the Highway Traffic Act. According to the law, you are obligated to report an accident (whether you are directly or indirectly involved in it) that involve injuries or more than $1000 in property damage. You should be careful about estimating what $1000 of property damage is, because people tend to underestimate the extent of the damage. If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, you are legally obliged to give your name, address and phone number as well as insurance information to people who ask for it.

Penalties for failing to remain at the scene of a motor vehicle accident:

  • 7 demerit points
  • Fine from $200 to $2000
  • A possible suspension of your driver’s licence for up to 2 years
  • A possible term of imprisonment for up to 6 months

If you are convicted of failing to remain at the scene of a motor vehicle accident, your insurance could be affected for up to 3 years or more. Moreover, even one conviction for failing to remain at the scene could result in an increase of your insurance by thousands of dollars per year. Some insurance companies will not even insure you once you have been convicted of failing to remain at the scene.

FOLLOWING TOO CLOSELY

The traffic ticket for following too closely can be given to you when you follow another vehicle at a distance that is not reasonable and prudent. The exact definition of a reasonable and prudent distance will depend on the road conditions and the street or highway you were traveling on.

Penalties for following too closely

  • 4 demerit points
  • Fine from $90 to $500

DRIVING UNDER SUSPENSION

Under the Highway Traffic Act, driving with a suspended license is one of the most serious offences. Starting December 1st, 2010, police has had more tools to get suspended and impaired drivers off the road. The 7-day vehicle impoundment will apply to drivers whose licences are suspended for the reasons mentioned above. There is added enforcement against people who have had their driver’s licences suspended for:

  • Consistently not paying family support
  • Unpaid fines
  • Medical reasons
  • Alcohol related offences
  • Demerit points and some other reasons

Penalties for driving under suspension

For the first time:

  • A fine from $1,000 to $5,000 (If your license is suspended for certain convictions under the Criminal Code of Canada, the fine is not less than $5,000 and not more than $25,000)
  • A mandatory 6 month suspension of your driver’s license
  • A possible term of imprisonment of up to 6 months

For each subsequent offence:

  • A fine from $2,000 to $5,000 (Subsequent offences related to the Criminal Code: fine of not less than $10,000 and not more than $50,000)
  • Suspension of your driver’s license
  • A possible term of imprisonment

Driving with a suspended licence could cost you your vehicle and will have serious implications for your insurance or you may not qualify for insurance at all.

DRIVING WITHOUT LICENCE

Driving without licence offence applies to anyone driving a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s licence. Even if you have been issued a driver’s licence and it expires and you do not renew it, you are still guilty of this offence. Conviction of driving without licence could significantly affect your insurance.

Penalties for driving without licence:

  • Fine of $325
  • A conviction on your driving record for 3 years

ONTARIO’S BAN ON HAND-HELD DEVICES WHILE DRIVING

Due to the number of accidents that are related to cell phone use while driving, the use of a cell phone while driving is illegal. Cellular phones can be an important safety aid for drivers, but using a cellular phone while driving takes a driver’s attention away from the task of driving. Distracted drivers are more likely to make mistakes or react too slowly. That’s why the rules for using hand-held electronic devices (e.g. cell phones, smart phones, GPS units) have changed. Drivers, who talk, text, type, dial or email using hand-held cell phones and other hand-held communications and entertainment devices face fines of up to $500.

On February 1, 2010, police started issuing tickets to drivers who endanger others because of any distraction, including hand-held and hands-free devices. Drivers can settle out of court by paying a fine of $125, plus $25 victim fine surcharge and $5 court costs, for a total of $155. Drivers who receive a summons or who contest their ticket by going to court may face a fine of up to $500. There are no demerit points associated with an offence, and police do not confiscate any hand-held devices used by a driver caught breaking the law.

Drivers, who endanger others because of distraction, including hand-held and hands-free devices, may also be charged with careless driving and will automatically receive 6 demerit points, fines up to $2,000 and/or a jail term of 6 months. In some cases, your licence may be suspended for up to two years. You may even be charged with dangerous driving (a criminal offence).

Make it a habit to use your cell phone only when you are parked. If you are driving and your phone rings, let your cellular voice mail take the call and listen to the message later. If you must use a cell phone when driving, you must use it hands-free.

CP Paralegal Services provides with paralegal services and can fight your traffic ticket in Toronto, Aurora, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Maple, Markham, Mississauga, Newmarket, Oakville, Orillia, Richmond Hill, Scarborough, St. Catharines, Thornhill, and Vaughan.

If you want to know how we can fight your ticket go to Fighting a Ticket page of our website.

For more information, visit our Auto Insurance page in FAQ section.

If you have any questions please contact CP Paralegal Services:

3768 Bathurst Street, Suite 205
Toronto ON M3H 3M7
Phone: 416-671-7670
Email: cpsolutions60@gmail.com