It happens to almost everyone.  Over the decades of driving that the average person will experience during their lifetime, they’re bound to break the law at some point, and eventually that will likely result in a ticket or summons being issued by the police.  Out of all of the various penalties that occur upon a conviction, one of the most common penalties that comes to mind are demerit points.  

Demerit points generally reflect the severity of an offence.  As demerit points are accrued the driver may be required to attend an interview or discuss their licence, become suspended, or have their driver’s licence cancelled.

Demerit points in Quebec are as follows:

SPEEDING IN A ZONE WHERE THE POSTED SPEED LIMIT IS 60 KM/H OR LESS

11 to 20 km/h1
21 to 30 km/h2
31 to 39 km/h3
40 to 45 km/h6 = excessive speeding
46 to 49 km/h10 = excessive speeding
50 to 60 km/h10 = excessive speeding
61 to 80 km/h14 = excessive speeding
81 to 100 km/h18 = excessive speeding
101 to 120 km/h24 = excessive speeding
121 km/h or more30 or more = excessive speeding

SPEEDING IN A ZONE WHERE THE POSTED SPEED LIMIT IS ABOVE 60 KM/H BUT NO MORE THAN 90 KM/H

In a zone where the speed limit is above 60 km/h but no more than 90 km/h, exceeding the limit by…Is punishable by the following number of demerit points…
11 to 20 km/h1
21 to 30 km/h2
31 to 39 km/h3
40 to 45 km/h3
46 to 49 km/h5
50 to 60 km/h10 = excessive speeding
61 to 80 km/h14 = excessive speeding
81 to 100 km/h18 = excessive speeding
101 to 120 km/h24 = excessive speeding
121 km/h or more30 or more = excessive speeding

SPEEDING IN A ZONE WITH A POSTED SPEED LIMIT OF 100 KM/H OR MORE

In a zone where the speed limit is 100 km/h or more, exceeding the limit by…Is punishable by the following number of demerit points…
11 to 20 km/h1
21 to 30 km/h2
31 to 39 km/h3
40 to 45 km/h3
46 to 49 km/h5
50 to 59 km/h5
60 km/h10 = excessive speeding
61 to 80 km/h14 = excessive speeding
81 to 100 km/h18 = excessive speeding
101 to 120 km/h24 = excessive speeding
121 km/h or more30 or more = excessive speeding

OTHER TYPES OF OFFENCES LEADING TO DEMERIT POINTS

OffenceDemerit points
Driving too fast for weather, road and traffic conditions2
Failing to maintain a safe distance between vehicles (tailgating)2
Accelerating when being passed by another vehicle2
Passing a cyclist when there isn’t enough space to do so2
Failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians and cyclists at an intersection2
Failing to yield to oncoming traffic2
Braking suddenly without cause2
Failing to stop before turning right at a red light, where such a turn is permitted3
Failing to wear a seat belt3
Failing to wear a helmet when required by the type of vehicle (motorcycle or scooter)3
Passing on the right or left where prohibited3
Driving in reverse where prohibited3
Failing to obey the orders or signals of a peace officer, school crossing guard or flagperson3
Failing to obey a red traffic light or stop sign3
Failing to come to a mandatory stop at a level crossing3
Crossing a solid line marking off lanes3
Driving while holding a hand-held device used for calling or texting or viewing information on a screen4
Passing several vehicles by weaving in and out of traffic4
Carrying out a prohibited passing manoeuvre in a lane reserved for oncoming traffic4
Speeding or reckless driving4
Failing to yield to an emergency vehicle whose lights or sirens are in operation, such as an ambulance, police car or fire engine4
Failing to slow down or change lanes when approaching a stopped vehicle with its flashing or rotating lights or yellow arrow signal light activated4
Driving without an accompanying rider (learner’s licence holder)4
Driving with the presence of alcohol in the body when subject to the zero-alcohol rule4
Failing to provide a breath sample4
Failing to stop when approaching a school bus or minibus with its flashing lights or stop sign in operation, or passing or crossing such a vehicle when prohibited9
Driving a vehicle transporting too great a load of dangerous substances through a tunnel9
Failing to perform one’s duty when involved in an accident, for example, failing to provide one’s name and address to the parties concerned or to the police9
Failing to stop at a level crossing when driving a bus, a minibus or a road vehicle transporting certain dangerous substances9
Driving for a wager or stake or in a race12
Holding onto or riding on the running board or in the box or dump body of a vehicle in motion, or tolerating such behaviour12
Holding onto or being pulled or pushed by a vehicle in motion, or tolerating such behaviour12

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