Before you pay any speeding ticket, you should be educated and know exactly what you’re getting into. The moment you pay any speeding ticket you are instantly pleading guilty to that speeding charge. Not only do speeding tickets carry a fine amount, but any speeding ticket 15 km/h over the posted speed limit will carry demerit points that may drastically increase your insurance rates. Some speeding tickets and speeding summons can even carry an automatic licence suspensions if you are found guilty.
There are two main types of speeding tickets: speeding tickets less than 50 km/hr over the speed limit and speeding tickets greater than 50 km/hr over the speed limit.
Speeding less than 50 km/h over the speeding limit
Speeding tickets less than 50 km/h over the posted speed limit will have the total payable fine written on the ticket. You have 3 options when you receive these speeding tickets:
- Pleading guilty
- Pleading guilty with an explanation
- Trial / not guilty
A plea of guilt with an explanation is not a trial and your speeding ticket will not be eliminated off of your record with this option. At most, the speeding ticket may be slightly reduced, but this usually only includes the fine amount and not the demerit points. The trial option is the only way to fight for dismissal of a speeding ticket or for a drastic reduction in the fine or demerit points.
Speeding more than 50 km over the speeding limit
Speeding tickets 50 km/hr and over the speeding limit do not have a fine amount listed on them and are an automatic summons to court. This means that you do not have the option of pleading guilty by paying the fine and must go to the court to answer to your charges. These speeding tickets have an automatic 30+ day licence suspension if convicted of the charge.
Demerit Points for Speeding Tickets
0 – 15 km/h over = 0 points (minor infraction)
16 – 29 km/h over = 3 points (minor infraction)
30 – 49 km/h over = 4 points (major infraction)
50+ km/hr over = 6 points + 30 day license suspension
Fines for Speeding Tickets
Speeding ticket fines are based on km/h over the posted speeding limit.
1-19 km/h The amount of km over times $2.50 = fine
20-29 km/h The amount of km over times $3.75 = fine
30-49 km/h The amount of km over times $6.00 = fine
50 km/h+ The amount over times 9.75 times 1.25 = fine