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Receiving a ticket is never something a driver wishes to experience. Although unpleasant, Halton Regional Police Service officers are issuing them in the hope that it may prevent you or someone else from being involved or injured in an accident.
In 2011, there were more than 7,200 property damage collisions, close to 1,200 injury collisions and 15 collision fatalities on Halton roadways.
The objective of Traffic Enforcement is to encourage drivers to voluntarily comply with traffic laws for the safety of all.
I got a ticket, what do I do?
Four options are outlined for you on the back of your yellow ticket:
- You may pay the ticket within 15 days (accepting guilt for the offence) by mail or online at www.haltoncourtservices.ca
- You can elect to plead guilty and provide an explanation to the court before a penalty is assessed (Note: To do so you must attend court in person)
- You may have a trial and dispute the charge
- You may make an appointment with the Prosecutor – a “First Attendance Hearing” (Please allow 3-5 days business days before attending)
What is a “First Attendance Hearing”?
Certain offences are eligible for a meeting with the Prosecutor before you make a final decision to either plead guilty or have a trial. The Prosecutor may offer you the opportunity to plead guilty to a reduced speed, reduced fine or a lesser included offence.
You must attend the court address listed on your ticket in person to schedule a meeting.
- Milton POA Court (100 Nipissing Road, Unit #2, Milton, ON), OR
- Burlington POA Court (2051 Plains Road East, Burlington, ON)
Offences eligible for a First Attendance Hearing include: Speeding > 15kph over, Careless driving, Follow too close, stop signs, red and amber lights.
Why didn’t the officer just give me a “warning”?
Although a police officer may issue a warning in exceptional circumstances, offenders can expect to be charged for the offence they committed.
Speeding: Why didn’t police reduce the speeding ticket when they stopped me?
Although officers can reduce speeding tickets at the roadside in appropriate circumstances, it is rarely done. This ensures that speeding is enforced both fairly and firmly.
When a driver chooses to speed, they can expect to be ticketed for the very speed they were driving.
Speeding and Other Infractions: Will this result in points?
Fines and demerit points (if applicable) are not assigned or assessed by police. Upon conviction, the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario attributes points to your driver’s licence.
Click here to access a complete listing of fines from the Ontario Court of Justice. Click here for the latest demerit point listing from the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario.
Why aren’t the police out catching “real” criminals?
More people are killed or injured in traffic related incidents every year than from violent crime.
Halton Region residents have expressed their wish that road safety be the NUMBER ONE police concern. As such, traffic enforcement and education initiatives are an operational priority for the Halton Regional Police Service (Read more).