Driving Infraction Penalties

It’s easy to think that you can just get away with a little bit but once you realize the penalty you might think twice! Here are some driving infractions you may not think are big deals but could cost you quite a lot.

 

We all know we aren’t supposed to be on the phone while we drive but surely holding it isn’t a big deal?

No; that is still Distracted Driving and could cost you;

  • a fine of $490, if settled out of court (includes a victim surcharge and the court fee)
  • a fine of up to $1,000 if a summons is received or if you fight the ticket in court and lose
  • three demerit points

 

Perhaps you think you don’t have time to stop for that school bus that is pulled over with it’s lights flashing?

No; Drivers can be charged if they pass a stopped school bus with its upper red lights flashing:

  • First offence: $400 to $2,000 and six demerit points..
  • Each following offence: $1,000 to $4,000, six demerit points and possible jail time (up to six months)

 

Vehicle owners can be charged if their vehicle illegally passes a stopped school bus, even if they weren’t driving.

 

What about after an accident, you settle things on your own with the other driver or it was only your vehicle involved and you decide to head home and not deal with it?

No; there are two charges you could be looking at.

  • Fail to Stop at the Scene of an Accident is criminal charge under the Criminal Code of Canada
  • Fail to Remain is a charge under the Highway Traffic Act

 

Usually a charge of Fail to Stop at the Scene of an Accident is laid where a death or personal injury has occurred. Fail to Remain under the Highway Traffic Act is normally laid by the police where there is only property damage involved.

 

Every person who commits an offence of fail to remain

  • is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or
  • is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

 

The penalties for failing to remain are;

  • Every person who contravenes this section is guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable to a fine of not less than $400 and not more than $2,000 or;
  • to imprisonment for a term of not more than six months, or to both, and
  • in addition the person’s licence or permit may be suspended for a period of not more than two years.
  • Minimum licence suspension of thirty (30) days for G1 and G2 licence holders
  • Six (6) demerit points
  • Insurance rates will go into high risk rates for three (3) years

 

And what about speeding? We’ve all seen the signs on the highway for what happens if you go over by certain amounts.

 

Image from http://www.swissbiz.ca of Speed Fine sign posted in Ontario.

 

But if you go 50 over the punishment is much worse, because that could be considered stunt driving;

 

50 km/h over the limit

  • 6 demerit points
  • 30 Day Suspension for G1 and G2 drivers
  • 100% Insurance increase

 

Stunt Driving/ Racing – 50km/h or more over the limit.

  • 6 demerit points
  • Immediate 7 day licence suspension
  • Immediate 7 day vehicle impound
  • One year licence suspension
  • Minimum fine $2,000
  • Maximum fine $10,000
  • Jail up to 6 months
  • 100% Insurance increase

 

So have a care how you drive and which laws you decide are not worth following. Because reality may be that it is not worth breaking even if you think nothing bad will come of it!

 

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