I just got a ticket for “crowding” my drivers seat. I didn’t have A CROWD on my drivers seat. I had a bag of groceries on my lap not a CROWD. I was the only person in the car. Can you win this if I fight it?
You have probably been charged under section 162 of the Highway Traffic Act (your ticket should list this on the front about half way down from the top). If so, a conviction would result in a 3 demerit point penalty. This certainly isn’t a very common offence to see being issued, but I would be happy to assist you with it.
Section 162 of the Highway Traffic Act states:
Crowding Driver’s Seat
162. No person shall drive a motor vehicle with persons or property in the front or driver’s seat so placed as to interfere with the proper management or control of the motor vehicle. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 162.
While the section does apply to both “persons” or “property” interfering with the proper management or control of a vehicle, you may have a defence to the charge. If you would like to contact our office at our toll-free number 1-844-647-6869 I can gather more specific information about exactly what happened. Our initial consultation is free and carries no obligation to retain our services. At a bare minimum, having more information will help you make an informed decision in protecting your licence, demerit points, and insurance.