In Ontario, when one receives a traffic ticket, there can be more repercussions than just a fine. One such repercussion is the accumulation of demerit appoints. Demerit points accumulate against your driver’s license when you are convicted of a traffic ticket charge such as speeding or reckless driving. The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario determines the amount of demerit points for each specific traffic ticket.
A driver begins with zero demerit points and accumulates demerit points for convictions. When a driver is convicted of a particular traffic offence, the demerit points are entered into their record. Demerit points will stay on the drivers record for two years.
There are a number of demerit points applied for each type of traffic violation. When one accumulates 9 demerit points on the driver’s license, the Ministry of Transportation of may call to arrange a meeting to hear an explanation of why their driver’s license should not be suspended. If one acquires 15 or more points and it is a first suspension, the license will be suspended for 30 days from the date the license is surrendered to the Ministry of Transportation. Drivers can lose their license for up to two years if they fail to surrender their license.
The following is a list of traffic violations that results in specific demerit points as listed on the Ontario Ministry of Transportation Website (www.mto.gov.on.ca):
Failing to remain at the scene of a collision
Failing to stop when signaled/requested by a police officer
Exceeding the speed limit by 50 km/h or more
Failing to stop for a school bus
Driver of a bus failing to stop at an unprotected railway crossing
Exceeding the speed limit by 30 to 49 km/h
Following too closely
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 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
Improper opening of a vehicle door
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 seatbelt
As a driver, you are required to obey all of Ontario’s traffic laws. If you fail to follow them, you could end up with extremely high fines and losing your driver’s license.