Never Pay A Traffic Ticket In Canada
There are several reasons why you never want to pay a traffic ticket in Canada.
Insurance rates – your insurance will increase with every speeding or traffic ticket you plea guilty to and pay. Fighting the traffic ticket, even if you don’t win, will help to postpone the ticket and this will help you if you have another ticket that is about to roll off your driving record in a few months. Having one major traffic violation at a time will save you money on your car insurance.
Keeping a clean driving abstract – some jobs require its employees to maintain a clean driving abstract. If you are fighting a ticket, it will not be placed on your driving abstract until you are found guilty, so fighting the ticket will help to keep your record clean for as long as you are fighting it.
Demerit points – a traffic ticket in Ontario or Toronto Canada might just include more than just the money you have to pay for the ticket. There might be demerit points against your driver’s abstract. Of course this won’t take place until you are convicted in court. If you accumulate too many demerit points, the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario – MTO could suspend your driver’s license.
High fines – you may not know what you are getting yourself into. Some of the fines for tickets can be as much as $25,000 and in that case you should fight not to pay the ticket. You may need a Paralegal or someone to help you fight for a reduced fine.
Sometimes, the police can be wrong. When police officers learn the Ontario Highway Traffic Act - OHTA, it is only a small portion of all the laws they need to learn. The HTA is very detailed; however, it is often misinterpreted. For example, no where in the OHTA does it say that one must remain at a stop sign for a full 3 seconds, however, people are constantly given tickets for not properly stopping for 3 full seconds at a stop sign.
If you receive one of these tickets, you can fight it and win if you remain calm at the scene and also in court. You must know of the Ontario Highway Traffic Act – OHTA so that you can argue where you think the error is and have a valid defense strategy ready.
Prevention is the name of the game – don’t give the police officer any reason to give you a ticket in the first place. And don’t be afraid to ask for a warning instead of the ticket. Don’t answer any questions like “Do you know why I pulled you over?” or “Do you know how fast you were driving?” It’s best to answer with “I don’t know, officer,” and leave it at that because anything else might be an admission of guilt and you never want to plead guilty, no matter the circumstances.