Possible Fatal Error on my Speeding Ticket

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Possible Fatal Error on my Speeding Ticket

by: omhush on
Fri Apr 25, 2014 12:56 pm

So here is my situation, I was accused of speeding 127 km/h in a 100 km/h zone.

My ticket says contrary to "Highway Traffict Act #128". Set fine calculated by the officer is $101.25 ( $3.75/km). Plus $30 for court charges and Victim charges to a total of $131.25.

However, according to section 128 i should be paying 27 x $4.5/km = $121.50 + Plus $30 for court charges and Victim charges to a total of $151.50.

The officer, even though mentioned on the ticket section 128, calculated the fine under Sec 43 of Ontario Court of Justice.

Is this a fatal error?


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by: Stanton on
Fri Apr 25, 2014 3:51 pm

The fine is actually correct. The Ontario Court of Justice has different set fines for speeding then what's shown in the HTA. You can see them here: http://www.ontariocourts.ca/ocj/how-do- ... hedule-43/

So for 20-29 km/hr over the fine is $3.75 per km over. So 27*$3.75 = $101.25. Add a $25 surcharge and $5 court costs, you’re at $131.25.


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by: omhush on
Sat Apr 26, 2014 2:59 pm

Thank you for your reply. Isn't it considered as incorrect citation of the act by the police officer? $3.75 is under section 43 of Ontario court of justice, not under section 128 of Highway traffic act.

Shouldn't he have quoted section 43 rather than 128??

Thanks!


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by: Stanton on
Sat Apr 26, 2014 3:44 pm

Nope. You're still charged under the Highway Traffic Act, so the section listed on the ticket is correct. Schedule 43 has nothing to do with the actual offence, it's just a list of set fines for out of Court settlements. If you went to trial and were convicted your fine could be calculated using the higher H.T.A. values, but you get a slight break with the set fine.


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by: omhush on
Mon Apr 28, 2014 1:25 pm

Thank you Stanton! I am disputing the ticket. This is my first ever experience and I couldn't find any info on Google. Can I mail my ticket with Option 3 selected or do I have to show up in person to dispute it and request a trial date? Also, if I can mail it, do I mail the original or a copy and keep the original with me?

Thanks again!


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Mon Apr 28, 2014 6:28 pm

omhush wrote:Thank you Stanton! I am disputing the ticket. This is my first ever experience and I couldn't find any info on Google. Can I mail my ticket with Option 3 selected or do I have to show up in person to dispute it and request a trial date? Also, if I can mail it, do I mail the original or a copy and keep the original with me?

Thanks again!
This depends on what jurisdiction you got the ticket in. Some places allow you to mail in a not guilty plea, others require you to appear in person at their office. The fine print on the back of the ticket should tell you which procedure the area you got tagged in uses.


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by: omhush on
Mon Jun 02, 2014 3:38 pm

So I mailed in the plea for not guilty. Jurisdiction is Northumberland County. I received notice of resolution meeting from Provincial Offence Office.

I wanted to find out whether it's appropriate to request disclosure now or will the prosecutor have the evidence with him that I can see once i'm there? I would like to see the evidence against me before I can decide whether to accept his/her offer or not.

Thanks!








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