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Fight Your Ottawa Speeding Ticket
Whether you need help avoiding a conviction or filing an appeal, OTD Ticket Defenders can help you fight Ottawa traffic tickets.
Defining Speeding in Ottawa, Ontario
In the province of Ontario, the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) sets the parameters for what constitutes speeding. Speeding, by definition, is exceeding the posted speed limit on a given road. Exceeding speed limits is considered a traffic violation that carries subsequent consequences. However, it is crucial to note that excessive speeding can quickly evolve into more serious offences:
Stunt driving involves a form of excessive speeding. If you are caught speeding over 40 km/h in a zone with a speed limit of less than 80 km/hr, over 50 km/h in a zone with an 80 km/hr or higher limit, or driving at speeds exceeding 150 km/hr, you considered to have committed a stunt driving offence. This offence carries immediate license suspension, the impounding of your vehicle, and substantial fines. If you’ve received a stunt driving ticket, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
Careless driving, often issued for erratic driving behaviour, can also include instances of speeding. It entails driving without due care for the safety of others on the road. Careless driving can result in fines, potential imprisonment, and license suspension. If you’ve received a careless driving ticket in Ottawa, contact us for a free consultation.
The Consequences of Speeding
Speeding violations can come with a range of consequences, which vary depending on the severity of the offence.
Speeding fines vary based on the degree of speeding, ranging from $2.50 per km over the limit for minor infractions to over $9.75 per km for extreme cases.
Increased Insurance Premiums
Speeding convictions may result in higher insurance costs. Insurers consider factors like offense severity, your driving record, age, and license type. Multiple convictions can make you uninsurable.
Typically, speeding convictions result in demerit points being added to your driving record. Accumulating these points can lead to license suspension. Speeding convictions remain on your driving record for years, impacting your overall driving history.
In serious cases where the speeding is particularly egregious or other dangerous driving behaviour that harms others or threatens road safety is exhibited, the offender may face imprisonment.
Speeding as a Novice or Commercial Driver
Speeding violations have different consequences for novice and commercial drivers, each operating under distinct sets of rules.
Novice drivers holding G1, G2, M1, or M2 licenses face additional consequences. A single offence that carries four or more demerit points can result in license suspension, and in some cases, license cancellation.
Commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers must exercise caution when it comes to speeding. Convictions can lead to an increase of Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration (CVOR) points, potential job termination, and the possibility of triggering an MTO audit.
The Benefits of Working With OTD Legal in Ottawa
When it comes to fighting speeding tickets in Ottawa, OTD Legal is your ally. With a comprehensive understanding of the law, court proceedings, legal defences, and a track record of success, our team is here to protect your rights and ensure you receive fair treatment under the law.
Our legal services encompass:
- Providing expert legal advice tailored to your specific case.
- Handling all necessary court filings, paperwork, and communication with court staff.
- Skillful negotiation with prosecutors to secure the best possible outcome for your case.
- Diligent exploration of legal arguments and defences to protect your rights.
- Representation in Ottawa court, if needed
Contact OTD Legal Services for a free quote
If you have received a speeding ticket or any other Ottawa traffic ticket, including careless driving do not hesitate to contact our office for a free consultation. You do not need to navigate the legal system on your own. We are readily available to assist drivers throughout Ottawa and across Ontario.