Yesterday I was sitting in traffic, and a cop pulled up on a bike and made me pull over for no seat belt. Being from Chicago, where there are so many worse things you could be doing (on the phone, texting, doing crossword puzzles while driving) I couldn't believe I got a $240 ticket. I was wondering if anyone knew what would happen if I didn't pay for this, since I was obviously guilty, there's no chance of fighting it. Will they actively pursue this, of does it just get lost in the paperwork?
BTW our traffic court system is much different than yours. Guilty or not, in most cases persons filing for a court trial are rewarded with plea deals. Basicly since they dont want you to waste the courts time the prosecutor will usually offer a lesser charge if you plead guilty and free up their time. Its something to think about.
Failure to pay will result in the Ontario licence being suspended, therefore you will not have any licence once you enter the Province of Ontario. The Ontario generated licence trumps the Illinois one.
Ontario does have a reciprocal agreement with Illinois for suspensions, fines and demerit points, which comes back to Ontario drivers stopped in Illinois.
- does this go the opposite direction? I don't know
I have heard that the courts still require their payment and notify some collection agency in the USA, which would then affect credit ratings of people. Again this is what I have heard, don't know if true or not.
Yes it does.hwybear wrote:does this go the opposite direction? I don't know
If you are from Illinois, if you just pay the fine, that is the end of the story. Ontario will not notify the Illinois DMV about it, so your insurance company won't find out, either. If you don't pay it, then they will notify the Illinois DMV. It's a way of ensuring the payment of the fine. The only states that have full reciprocity with Ontario are New York and Michigan. A Michigan driver convicted of a traffic offence in Ontario would have it show up on their Michigan driver record.
So... in your case... I'd suggest just paying it.
http://www.OntarioTicket.com OR http://www.OHTA.ca