June 9, 2011
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One of the biggest concerns our customers ask about is the demerit point system. This is the method in which the government encourages safe driving by penalizing offenders with both monetary fines and accumulation of “demerit points.”
Some people are confused with the system, and think offenses lead to loss of points. In fact, it’s the opposite! Essentially, points are given according to the severity of the offense. Getting tickets with demerit points attached do affect your insurance rates – you don’t want them!
Too many points can lead to loss of your driver’s license.
For example, a probationary driver is only allowed to accumulate up to 6 points. A fully licensed driving can go up to 15. But at 9 a driver can be told to attend an interview at the Ministry of Transportation to justify why they should not have their license suspended.
For accumulating 15 points, a person experiencing their first violation will receive a 30 day license suspension. Any time it goes up this high again you will face up to six months without the privilege of driving your car. And these violations stay on your driving record for two years.
As well, you can lose your license for up to two years if you fail to surrender your license.
That’s why a business such as TicketSave is so important. When you call us, we can instantly help you understand how the ticket you received incurs these “points” and how we can reduce them and your fine. And we will help you prepare if you get told you need to attend one of those interviews at the Ministry of Transportation.
Below is a detailed chart of the Ontario Demerit Point System
7 Demerit Points
- Failing to remain at the scene of a collision
- Failing to stop when signaled/requested by a police officer
6 Demerit Points
- Careless Driving
- Exceeding the speed limit by 50 km/h or more
- Failing to stop for a school bus
5 Demerit Points
- Driver of a bus failing to stop at an unprotected railway crossing
4 Demerit Points
- Exceeding the speed limit by 30 to 49 km/h
- Following too closely
3 Demerit Points
- Exceeding the speed limit by 16 to 29 km/h
- Driving through, around or under a railway crossing barrier
- Failing to yield the right-of-way
- Failing to obey a stop sign, traffic control stop/slow sign, traffic light or railway crossing signal
- Failing to obey the directions of a police officer
- Driving the wrong way on a divided road
- Failing to report a collision to a police officer
- Improper driving when road is divided into lanes
- Crowding the driver’s seat
- Going the wrong way on a one-way road
- Driving or operating a vehicle on a closed road
- Crossing a divided road where no proper crossing is provided
- Failing to slow and carefully pass a stopped emergency vehicle
- Failing to move, where possible, into another lane when passing a stopped emergency vehicle
- Improper passing
- Improper use of high occupancy vehicle lane
2 Demerit Points
- Improper opening of a vehicle door
- Prohibited turns
- Towing people — on toboggans, bicycles, skis, etc.
- Failing to obey signs
- Failing to stop at a pedestrian crossing
- Failing to share the road
- Improper right turn
- Improper left turn
- Failing to signal
- Unnecessary slow driving
- Reversing on a divided high-speed road
- Driver failing to wear a seat belt
- Driver failing to ensure that a passenger less than 23 kg is properly secured
- Driver failing to ensure that a passenger under 16 years is wearing a seat belt
- Failing to lower headlamp beams
- Backing on a highway
- Driver failing to ensure infant/child passenger is properly secured in an appropriate child restraint system or booster seat