It is crucial to understand how driver’s license demerit points are applied in Ontario. Many people mistakenly assume points are taken away from your license as you receive traffic tickets, but actually they are added to your license each time you are ticketed for certain offences. As these points accumulate, the penalties become more severe, so even a couple of points can have a large impact in the future.
How Demerit Points Are Accrued
Different traffic violations earn different amounts of points, depending upon their severity. There are numerous convictions that will add 2 points to your license, including but not limited to:
- Improper left or right turns
- Failing to obey traffic signs
- Failing to signal
- Driving without a seat belt
- Failing to ensure that children are properly secured
Convictions that will add 3 points to your license include:
- Driving on a closed road
- Improper passing
- Going in the wrong direction on a one-way road
- Driving on a closed road
- Failing to slow and/or change lanes when possible when passing an emergency vehicle
- Exceeding the speed limit by 16-29 KM per hour
- And many others
Driving 30-49 KM per hour over the limit and following too closely will result in four demerit points.
The following offences lead to 6 demerit points:
- Racing or stunt driving
- Driving over the speed limit by 50 KM per hour or more
- Failing to stop for a school bus
- Careless driving
You will receive 7 demerit points to your driver’s license if you are convicted of the following:
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- Refusing to stop when requested to by an officer
When faced with a minor, 2-point traffic violation, you may be tempted to simply pay the ticket and get the process behind you. By paying the ticket, you are admitting guilt and, if this is points traffic ticket, you will receive those points. Before you pay any fines, have our experienced points traffic ticket attorneys take a look at your case.
Consequences of Receiving Demerit Points in Ontario
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Officially, the punishments or costs associated with demerit points are as follows:
- A warning letter at 2-8 points
- A possible meeting to discuss your driving records and whether or not your license should be suspended at 9-14 points
- 30-day license suspension at 15 or more points
If you are a new driver, you will receive the warning letter at 2-5 points, the meeting at 6-8 points, and a 60-day suspension at 9 or more points.
As mentioned, these are the official punishments for driver’s license demerit points. These points will also cause your auto insurance rates to increase and can affect your ability to work within a profession that requires operating a vehicle.
Reducing Your Toronto Driver's License Demerit Points
Demerit points stay on your driving record for two years. The only way to reduce the number of points on your license is to avoid accruing them. Before you pay a traffic ticket in Toronto, consult with Balatidis Legal Services. We employ ex-cops, lawyers, and traffic ticket paralegals that can help you build a defense to potentially have your charges lessened or dismissed completely.
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