FAIL TO STOP – Red Light / Amber Light
Section 144(18) of the Highway Traffic Act, RSO 1990, c H.8 states: “Every driver approaching a traffic control signal showing a circular red indication, or red light and facing the indication shall stop his or her vehicle and shall not proceed until a green indication is shown.”
Ticket Shield is able to defend you against Fail To Stop charges anywhere in Ontario. This is one of the most common charges issued under the Highway Traffic Act. It is a common misconception that amber (yellow) lights mean to “go faster” or make it through the light quickly. It does actually mean you have to stop if you can do so safely. On the other hand, Red Lights have no such stipulation. Regardless of speed, ice, snow, or rain, you are required to stop. The legal system refers to these offences as “absolute liability offences”.
- Set Fine: $260.00 – $1000.00
- Demerit Points: 3
- Additional Penalties: Typically viewed as a major offence by insurance companies
Should I Fight the Fail To Stop Charge?
Most definitely. Fail To Stop is a 3 demerit point offence. Not only can this affect your insurance premiums, if you accumulate enough demerit points, you could face suspension or lose your license completely.
How will Ticket Shield help you fight your Fail To Stop Charge?
Ticket Shield spends the necessary time on your case with the purpose of eliminating the charges completely by having them withdrawn or dismissed. If this is not possible, we will negotiate with the prosecutors to shield your demerit points, protect your license from being suspended, negotiate for the lowest fine available, and ultimately, keep your insurance rates as low as possible.
Ticket Shield begins preparing your defence with requesting a disclosure pack from the prosecutors. We make a very specific request that requires them to provide the Police Officer’s notes, witness reports, radar manuals and calibration notes (if applicable), and any other relevant evidence that they plan to use against you. By obtaining these documents prior to your court date, we can review them with you if we have any questions, and prepare a defence based on all of the information.
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