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RED LIGHT / STOP SIGN TICKET

The most common intersection-related charges that we assist defendants with are:
  • Disobey Stop Sign
  • Amber Light Fail to Stop
  • Red Light Fail to Stop
These charges may be issued by the police for simply failing to correctly stop at an intersection, or they may be issued due to a collision having occurred. As with other charges under the Highway Traffic Act, a conviction can result in court penalties, licencing penalties, and insurance problems. These consequences can be even more problematic for novice drivers or those who work professionally as commercial motor vehicle drivers.
WHAT IS THE LAW?
Each of these offences falls under a separate section of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA). Disobey Stop Sign falls under HTA section 136(1)(a): “136 (1) Every driver or street car operator approaching a stop sign at an intersection,
  1. shall stop his or her vehicle or street car at a marked stop line or, if none, then immediately before entering the nearest crosswalk or, if none, then immediately before entering the intersection”
Amber Light – Fail to Stop falls under HTA section 144(15): “(15) Every driver approaching a traffic control signal showing a circular amber indication and facing the indication shall stop his or her vehicle if he or she can do so safely, otherwise he or she may proceed with caution” Red Light – Fail to Stop falls under HTA section 144(18): “(18) Every driver approaching a traffic control signal showing a circular red indication and facing the indication shall stop his or her vehicle and shall not proceed until a green indication is shown”
WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES?
Generally, a conviction under the Highway Traffic Act will result in court, licencing, and insurance penalties. All three of these offences carry a fixed court fine. On top of this fine is applied the victim fine surcharge and a $5.00 court cost as follows:
Offence Set Fine VFS + Court Cost Total Fine
Disobey Stop Sign $85 $25 $110
Amber Light Fail to Stop $150 $30 $180
Red Light Fail to Stop $260 $65 $325
If the offence occurred within a community safety zone (CSZ), such as a school zone, the court fine increases significantly:
Offence CSZ Set Fine VFS + Court Cost Total Fine
Disobey Stop Sign $150 $30 $180
Amber Light Fail to Stop $300 $65 $365
Red Light Fail to Stop $400 $90 $490
Each of these offences also carries a demerit point penalty that is applied against the Defendant’s driving record upon conviction. Commercial motor vehicle drivers, such as transport truck drivers, also face a CVOR point penalty upon conviction:
Offence Demerit Points CVOR Points
Disobey Stop Sign 3 3
Amber Light Fail to Stop 3 3
Red Light Fail to Stop 3 5
As demerit points accumulate, the MTO will progressively respond with the following penalties against your licence:
  • A warning letter
  • A mandatory MTO meeting to review your driving history that may result in a licence suspension
  • A mandatory suspension of your licence without an interview
Your insurance broker will be your most accurate source of information on how a pending conviction may impact your insurance costs. Generally, the poorer your record or the more serious the offence, the greater your insurance costs will become.
HOW CAN I FIGHT MY TICKET?

If you have been charged by the police, you will have either received a ticket or a summons containing your offence information. Depending on how you have been charged, your matter may need to be filed with the court or you may already have a court date set. Contact our office as soon as possible and our friendly staff will be able to guide you through the court process and provide you with the basic information that you will need to make informed decisions. Many of these cases can be resolved without you ever needing to personally attend court. Let a licenced and experienced paralegal represent you and ensure that your defence is provided in the strongest possible manner.

OTD Ticket Defenders Legal Services provides a no-cost, no obligation initial consultation to understand your basic case history and assist you. Our friendly staff can be reached via our toll-free number 1-844-647-6869, by email at info@otdlegal.ca, or via text at 226-240-2480. You can also submit an online consultation request any time of the day or night, and one of our staff will then contact you during regular business hours to assist you.