Today a Police Officer showed up at my home and issued me a ticket under the Highway Traffic Act Section 175 (20). Failing to Stop for a School Bus - as OWNER. NOT DRIVER. There is a $490.00 fine but no demerit points.
I am trying to find out what this is going to do to my insurance rates?!?!?! I was told that because they can't identify the driver I am being charged as the owner of the vehicle and this is a lesser offence.
Does anybody know how this will affect the my insurance rates? I am getting SO much conflicting information!!!
TOTALLY freaking out!!!!!!
Regardless, you should plead NOT GUILTY and request a trial with the officer present. Once you get your Notice of Trial, you can request disclosure (officers notes and witness statements).
If you go to trial for this both the officer that charged you has to show up AND at least one witness (bus driver?) that saw you drive by the bus.
+++ This is not legal advice, only my opinion +++
As for disclosure, you won't get much, most likely you will get a statement telling you some one (probably the bus driver) reported your car failing to stop.
If some one took the time to report you, given that it is not easy getting police to take such reports, you can rest assured that person WILL show up at your trail to testify.
Years ago drivers such as school bus drivers were classified as "professional driver" and they were given special consideration when it comes to reporting stuff such as this.
Which municipality were you charged in?
You don't have to call your insurance company and you don't need to do any online quotes. Ignore all that.
Once you plead guilty, you're convicted, whatever... you'll never see this ticket again anywhere (unless you don't pay the fine). If you don't pay the fine, you cant renew those plates until you do.