Ontario Traffic Violations
Police issue volumes of traffic tickets every day. However, many of the same violations appear frequently. These common offences are the reason for the majority of traffic stops and also the primary reason for increases to insurance premiums.
Traffic or moving violations involve fines which must be paid and may also cost Demerit Points. assessed on the drivers’ license. As a driver accumulates “points”, they may be required to attend defensive driving lessons, re-take their driving test, pay additional taxes, or even surrender their license. Additionally, the more points on a driving record often increases the cost of car insurance over a driver with a clean driving history.
Demerit Points. remain on your driving record for 2 years. Traffic Convictions remain on your licence for 3 years and may affect your insurance premiums for 3+ years, depending on the seriousness of the violation.
The fines and penalties assessed for traffic tickets can vary. For example, a speeding ticket for 55 km over is 6 demerit points against the licence with the approximate fine calculated as $630, in addition to a one week automatic licence suspension and car impoundment. Unfortunately, minor offences can easily become tragedies and more serious violations. Failing to stop at a stop sign could easily turn into a fatality if in your haste, you failed to see a pedestrian.
If you are looking for information on Commercial Traffic Offences, please visit the Commercial Services CVOR.