Speeding Tickets in Ontario
Speeding tickets are something
that affects everyone who drives. We’ve all driven by someone who has been
pulled over for speeding and many of us have been pulled over for speeding
ourselves. All it takes is a moment of temporary speeding to adversely affect
your ability to drive for years to come. Nearly everyone speeds at some time, whether
it is hurrying to an appointment, staying in traffic that is also speeding or
simply speeding up to pass slower moving traffic.
Regardless of what the reason is
for speeding and how legitimate a reason it may be, a speeding ticket carries
many negative repercussions. In addition to the amount of the fine, there are
often also demerit points that are applied to the driving record. For drivers
who have more than one speeding ticket or other moving vehicle charges against
them, these demerit points can result in warnings or even a suspension of the driver’s
. As you would expect,
demerit points on your driving record will lead to higher insurance rates and
in some cases, may result in the inability to obtain insurance in the
In Ontario, demerit points are
assigned with the following guidelines for speeding over the posted speed
- Up to 15 km/hr. – no demerit
points are given.
- 16-29 km/hr. – 3 points.
- 30-49 km/hr. – 4 points.
Driving more than 50 km/hr. over the posted speed limit will
result in 6 demerit points and at least a 30-day license suspension if
convicted. The police officer has the discretion to classify this excessive
speeding as stunt driving or racing which involves car impoundment and up to a
two-year license suspension.
Why You Should Never Just Pay the Speeding Ticket
Many drivers falsely believe
that speeding tickets with lower fines without demerit points have no impact on
the driving record. It is common for police officers to take a higher speeding
offense and let the driver off with the lower fine and no demerit points.
Letting drivers off easy is a common ploy that is used to decrease the
likelihood of the ticket being challenged.
What police officers don’t tell you, and what many drivers
don’t know, is that any type of motor vehicle conviction that goes on your
driving record can negatively affect your insurance. Many insurance companies
check both demerit points and convictions when they are assessing new clients
and renewing existing clients. Even non-moving convictions such as a failure to produce
are likely to increase insurance rates.
Effectively Handling Traffic Tickets in Ontario
Whether you receive a traffic
ticket or are facing more severe charges such as impaired driving
, you should
consult with an experienced paralegal team.
They have the experience necessary to thoroughly examine the situation
and provide the help necessary to properly handle the offense. The cost for
these services is recouped many times over in the fine amount that is
immediately saved, along with the insurance savings over the years since convictions
can remain on a driving record for a long time.
Don’t let speeding tickets in Ontario affect your driving
record and increase your insurance rates. Consult experienced paralegals that
will take all of the steps necessary on your behalf to have any tickets or
charges properly challenged and dismissed today.