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Illegal U-Turn or not?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:57 am 
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Hi Everyone,

New to the forum, but would greatly appreciate any advice someone has to offer. First time ever getting a ticket and I'm wondering if the ticket I got is technically correct?

I'm in Kingston and I was going East on Taylor Kidd Boulevard (see map link below), trying to turn left (North) onto Edgar street. There is a median on Taylor Kidd which ends slightly beyond the edgarintersection. This is visible on sattelite view on google maps. There is a visible No U-turn sign posted here, but I thought I was making a wide left onto edgar Street.

Needless to say I got a ticket for Prohibited Turn – Disobey Sign Traffic Tickets for 2 demerit points and 110 bucks. I was just wondering is this possible to fight given that I did not make a true U-turn where I had switched directions 180 degrees? Anyone have success with a case similar to this. If so any advice on how to prepare?

Here is the google maps link for the intersection
https://maps.google.ca/maps?q=taylor+ki ... tario&z=16

Thanks very much for your time,

M


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:07 am 
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Looking at the street view pictures it appears the median extends well beyond Edgar Street. It certainly appears that you would have made a u-turn to access the street.


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Stanton wrote:
Looking at the street view pictures it appears the median extends well beyond Edgar Street. It certainly appears that you would have made a u-turn to access the street.


Agreed. Making that argument in court with a straight face is the real challenge.


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Thanks for the feedback everyone.

Is there anything reasonable to contest in this case? Or worthwhile to plea guilty and try having the demerit points dropped?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 11:52 am 
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The courts have no control over demerit points. If you plead guilty or are convicted, demerit points are automatically assigned by MTO.

If you want to plea-bargain to a lesser charge with fewer or no demerit points, that might help you, but pleading guilty only helps with possibly getting a lesser fine.

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