CAN YOU FIGHT A RED LIGHT CAMERA TICKET IN ONTARIO?
Can you fight a red light camera ticket in Ontario? The answer is yes, but I need to qualify what that yes actually means. Red light camera tickets are considered to be vicarious liability. They do not appear on your driver’s abstract or driver’s record. Therefore they are of very low concern to a firm that specializes in protecting clients on offenses that would show up on their record or driver’s abstract.
Therefore, as a rule, we don’t assist clients with that type of a ticket. We’ll spend time, like we are in this video, explaining what vicarious liability means. So, what can happen is that you have a fine, and if I were to be involved, or any of my staff were to be involved in trying to assist you, you’d be spending more money than that fine.
And you may or may not win. But a win needs to mean something. A win for a defendant or a client, I like to know with certainty that it had value for them. Sometimes we can talk a long period of time and clients struggle with that idea of vicarious liability. It’s simply a way of the province or municipality picking up revenue, controlling traffic in that intersection, of course.
But the good news, and the only good news when you see a ticket like this, is it’s just a fine. And really, in my mind, the only way to make that fine worse is by hiring someone to defend you. That’s a very expensive way of dealing with something like that. You have every right to sign back that ticket and ask for a trial date and go tell the court what happened. And if you can advocate successfully, you’ll be exonerated. But in many cases, if you go on your own, at the very least, you’ll have that fine reduced for you, or given more time to pay whatever fine that may be.