Traffic tickets with demerit points can raise your insurance rates as much as 300%! Because our lawyers are familiar with this system, when we appear for our many Ontarian clients, we know what would be the best result from an Ontario license holder perspective. You should only engage a New York traffic attorney who is familiar with your province’s point system to ensure that the best possible outcome is achieved.
The Ministry of Transportation uses demerit points to determine whether to penalise drivers who have been convicted of traffic violations. Demerit points remain on your Ontario license for 2 years from the date of offence.
Licenced drivers may accumulate 14 demerit points (while those on probation may only receive 5 demerit points). Upon reaching 15 demerit points (or 6 if you are on probation), the Ministry will suspend your driver’s licence for 30 days, and up to 6 months for additional accumulations.
Even with only 9 demerit points, the Ministry can require an interview which can result in a suspension of your driver’s licence if it determines such action is appropriate (or if you fail to appear for it).
Remember: A conviction in New York State will transfer to your Ontario license so do not plead guilty without doing your research.
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Ontario Demerit Point System Chart
|Description of Offence||Points|
|Failing to remain at scene of accident||7|
|Failing to stop for a police officer||7|
|Careless driving or racing||6|
|Exceeding speed limit by 50+ km/h (31+ mph)||6|
|Exceeding speed limit by 30 to 49 km/h (19-30 mph)||4|
|Exceeding speed limit by 16 to 29 km/h (10-18 mph)||3|
|Drive in prohibited lane||3|
|Driving through, around or under railway crossing barrier||3|
|Failing to yield right of way||3|
|Failing to obey a stop sign, signal light or railway crossing signal||3|
|Failing to obey directions of police constable||3|
|Driving or operating a vehicle on a closed highway||3|
|Failing to report an accident||3|
|Improper driving where highway divided into lanes||3|
|Failing to stop for school bus||6|
|Following too closely||4|
|Crowding drivers seat||3|
|Drive wrong way – divided highway||3|
|Cross divided highway – no proper crossing provided||3|
|Wrong way in one way street or highway||3|
|Backing on highway||2|
|Failure to share road||2|
|Improper right turn||2|
|Improper left turn||2|
|Failing to Signal||2|
|Unnecessary slow driving||2|
|Failing to lower headlamp beam||2|
|Improper opening of vehicle door||2|
|Towing of persons on toboggans, bicycles, skis, etc prohibited||2|
|Failing to obey signs prescribed by regulation under section 182(1)||2|