Traffic in English is taken from the Arabic word taraffaqa, which means to walk along slowly together. Traffic on a public way may consist of heavy motor vehicles (for instance, car, truck), streetcars, other vehicle (for instance, moped, bicycle), pedestrians, ridden or herded animals, and other conveyances. Organized traffic generally has well-established priorities, lanes, right-of-way, and traffic control at intersections. Organized traffic has lanes, junctions, intersections, interchanges, traffic signals, or signs. Organization typically produces a better combination of travel safety and efficiency.
In this page we have tried to make a summary about driver-vehicle-traffic ticket issues. Here, you will find information on the following subjects:
- Highway Traffic Act
- Traffic Tickets
- Demerit Point System
- Driver / Vehicle Related Convictions
- How a paralegal can help you with your traffic ticket
Events which disrupt the flow and may cause traffic to degenerate into a disorganized mess include: road construction, collisions and debris in the roadway. On particularly busy freeways, a minor disruption may persist in a phenomenon known as traffic waves. A complete breakdown of organization may result in traffic jams.
Driving on the Right Side of the Road
In Ontario, as well as in Canada and US, vehicles must drive on the right side of the road. On multi-lane highways, the furthest left lane is the passing lane and is often designated for drivers whose speed is higher than those driving in the right lane.
Express and Collectors
On some Ontario highways, like the 401, the 407 and the 404, the highway is divided into an Express section and a Collectors section. Express lanes and collector lanes are a set of two same-direction one-way multi-lane roadways. The outer set is usually called Collectorsand provides access to most or all interchanges. The inner set is called Express and provides for non-exiting traffic. The Express has fewer exit and entry points than the Collectors, and cars typically drive at a higher speed in these lanes. Multiple exit routes are gathered together in the Express, allowing for these fewer exit and entry points. When exiting the Express lanes, drivers are exited back to the Collectors lanes, where they choose their specific exit.
On Highway 427 in Toronto, the express lanes are intended for traffic passing through the area and exclusively have the ramps to other highways, while the collector lanes are designed strictly to serve interchanges within that area.
Another main purpose of having a collector-express system is to “squeeze” two highways into one corridor. Often the collector lanes serve primarily as the direct connectors or ramp extensions, and the express lanes are designed for “through traffic”. Highway ramps or transfers usually connect the local and express lanes. If one highway ramp crosses over another, the result is known as a braid or basket weave.
HIGHWAY TRAFFIC ACT
Traffic laws are the laws which govern traffic and regulate vehicles, while rules of the road are both the laws and the informal rules that may have developed over time to facilitate the orderly and timely flow of traffic.
The Highway Traffic Act (HTA) is an Ontario Act which regulates the licensing of vehicles, classification of traffic offenses, administration of loads, classification of vehicles and other transport related issues. First introduced in 1923 to deal with increasing accidents during the early years of motoring in Ontario, there have been amendments due to changes to driving conditions and new transportation trends. The latest revision (2009) to the act was added to ban use of cell phones in cars.
According to the Highway Traffic Act, no person shall drive a motor vehicle on a highway without valid permit for the vehicle that has to be displayed on the vehicle in the prescribed manner. The number plate has to be issued in accordance with the regulations showing the number of the permit issued for the vehicle.
Driving is a privilege, not a right. The privilege of driving on a highway is granted to, and retained by, only those persons who demonstrate that they are likely to drive safely. No person shall drive a motor vehicle on a highway unless the motor vehicle is within a class of motor vehicles in respect of which the person holds a driver’s licence issued to him or her.
Every passenger-plated vehicle has to have mandatory insurance. Effective November 29, 2010, Ontario will electronically verify with the Insurance Bureau of Canada, if a passenger-plated vehicle has mandatory insurance coverage during the licence plate renewal process. In addition, every commercial motor vehicle has to have Liability insurance that is being used to transport goods for compensation.
The Highway Traffic Act gives Ontario police officers the legal power to direct traffic when they find it appropriate. It also gives the Ministry of Transportation power to make regulations regarding posting of signs and traffic control devices.
The Highway Traffic Act sets speed limits: on most Ontario highways the speed limit is 100km/hour; within a local municipality or a built-up area the speed limit is 50km/hour. In some areas, 80km/hour is the limit. The rate in school zones and construction zones also differ. The speed limit would be as posted within that particular area of highway. For school zones, 150m of the road to and from the entrance or exit of a school is usually designated for lower speed limits when the school is active.
Highway 407 Express Toll Route (ETR) is the only toll road in Ontario. It runs 108km in length but has more than 1,070km of lanes, according to the 407 ETR official website. The 407 is run electronically. As you drive onto the 407, an overhead gantry automatically records the beginning and end of your trip. This information is used to calculate the cost of your drive through the highway. Drivers who often use the 407 may sometimes have transponders, a small electronic device that saves driver’s money on toll charges.
The Highway Traffic Act also sets the laws and rules on the following:
- Rules of the road
- Medical transportation services
- Civil proceedings
- Suspension for failure to pay judgments or meet support obligations
- Records and reporting of accidents and convictions
- Photo-radar system evidence
- Red light camera system evidence
- Procedure, arrests and penalties
A traffic ticket is a notice issued by a law enforcement official to a driver (motorist) or other road user, accusing violation (offence) of traffic laws. Although direct operation of a bicycle and a mounted animal are commonly referred to as riding, such operators are legally considered drivers and are required to obey the rules of the road.
Traffic tickets generally come in form citing a moving violation, for example, exceeding the speed limit. The tickets issued for a non-moving violation, such as a wrong parking, are called parking tickets.
A traffic ticket constitutes a notice that a penalty, such as a fine or deduction of points, or both, has been or will be assessed against the driver or owner of a vehicle. Failure to pay generally leads to prosecution or to civil recovery proceedings for the fine. In others, the ticket constitutes only a citation and summons to appear at traffic court, with a determination of guilt to be made only in court.
In Canada, traffic laws are made at the provincial level. Some serious violations are considered criminal (such as Drinking and Driving) and are located under the Criminal Code of Canada.
Each province maintains a database of drivers, including their convicted traffic offence. Upon being ticketed, a driver has a chance to plead guilty, guilty with an explanation or not guilty. To do so, the driver or their representative (a Lawyer/Paralegal) must attend the court for the town or city in which the violation took place. The back of the ticket states the driver has up to 15 days to enter their pleas.
If the driver pleads not guilty, a trial date is set and both the driver, or a Lawyer/Paralegal representing the driver, and the ticketing police officer, are required to attend. If the police officer fails to attend, the court judge will often find in favour of the driver and dismiss the charge, although sometimes the trial date is moved to give the police officer another chance to attend.
The court will also make provisions for the officer or the prosecutor to achieve a deal with the driver, often in the form of a plea bargain. If no agreement is reached, both driver and police officer, or their representatives, formally attempt to prove their case before the judge or Justice of The Peace, who then decides the matter.
If the driver pleads guilty, the outcome is equivalent to conviction after trial. Upon conviction, the driver is generally fined a monetary amount and, for moving violations, is additionally given demerit points, under Ontario Demerit Point System. Jail time is sometimes sought in more serious cases such as racing or stunt driving.
If a driver is convicted, he or she must accept the penalties or try to appeal the ruling. An appeal will typically only be granted in cases where there were errors in the law or proceedings.
If a trial date takes more than a reasonable amount of time, and the accused had nothing to delay it, a Charter of Rights violation can be filed and pleaded. The reasonable length of time changes from court to court. In most cases, this is typically 1 year. A Charter of Rights Violation must be filed with the Attorney General of Ontario and with the courts themselves and then argued on the court date.
Four (4) Digit ICON numbers on your Traffic Ticket or Notice:
Often, motorists receive Yellow Offence Notices or Notice of Fine and Due Date or a Red Light Camera Offence Notice and are not sure who to talk to or where they should go to Request a Trial Date to contest their tickets. Often there is a sequence of numbers on the ticket or notice which can aid a motorist in locating the office responsible for their tickets. On a Yellow Offence Notice – look at the top left hand corner and you will see a four (4) digit ICON number. On a Notice of Fine & Due Date Notice or a Red Light Camera Offence Notice – look at the first four (4) digits of the Offence Number – this is the four (4) digit ICON number. After you have identified those four (4) digits, review this list of ICON numbers. You will find the four (4) digit ICON number, the corresponding Provincial Offence Office and corresponding phone numbers.
DEMERIT POINTS SYSTEM
This is an overview of Ontario demerit point system for your information but please note that it’s an unofficial version.
No doubts, you know that traffic violation convictions usually come with demerit points against your licence. Drivers convicted of certain driving-related offences have demerit points recorded on their records. It is a common misconception that drivers “lose” points due to convictions for certain traffic offences. In fact, a driver begins with zero demerit points and accumulates demerit points for convictions. Demerit points stay on your record for 2 years from the offence date. If you collect enough points, you can lose your driver’s licence.
In the Regulation 339/94 of the Highway Traffic Act, “accumulated demerit points” means the total demerit points in a person’s record acquired as a result of offences committed within any period of two years. “Conviction” includes a plea of guilty or a finding of guilt.
If a resident of Ontario is convicted or forfeits bail in another province or territory of Canada or in one of the states of the United States of America for an offence that, in the opinion of the Registrar, is in substance and effect equivalent to an offence for which demerit points would be recorded upon conviction in Ontario, the Registrar may record the demerit points for the conviction as if the conviction had been entered or the bail forfeited in Ontario for the equivalent offence.
Although, the demerit points have no direct impact on insurance rate they can affect it indirectly. Insurance rates and eligibility are typically measured by the number of tickets received in recent years.
Driver’s licence/license suspension
The demerit points are used by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario to determine licence suspensions due to repeated traffic violations. Ontario allows the suspension of driver’s licenses for child support arrears through the FRO; job loss, and any other reasonable excuses, including the need for a licence to work, are routinely ignored, and you can expect to be jailed for up to 6 months immediately following your licence suspension. If caught driving with a suspended license, the vehicle you are driving will be impounded for 7-days.
If a person is convicted of an offence or two or more offences arising out of the same circumstances and the penalty imposed by the court includes a period of licence suspension, no demerit points shall be recorded.
If a person is convicted of two or more offences arising out of the same circumstances and the penalty imposed by the court does not include a period of licence suspension, demerit points shall only be recorded for the conviction carrying the greatest number of points.
Demerit Point System
(The Regulation 339/94 of the Highway Traffic Act)
Demerit Points and New Drivers
- As a Class G1, G2, M1 or M2 driver, if you get two or more demerit points, you will be sent a warning letter.
- At six points, you may have to go to an interview to discuss your record and give reasons why your licence should not be suspended. If you don’t attend, your licence may be suspended.
- At nine points, your licence will be suspended for 60 days from the date you surrender it to the Ministry of Transportation. You can lose your licence for up to two years if you fail to surrender your licence. A driver’s licence may be surrendered at any ServiceOntario Driver and Vehicle Licence Issuing Office, ServiceOntario College Park Driver and Vehicle Licence Issuing Office, or mailed to:
- DriveTest Centres do not accept surrendered licences for suspension purposes.
- After the suspension, the number of points on your record will be reduced to four. Any additional points could again bring you to the interview level. If you reach nine points again, your licence can be suspended for six months from the date you surrender it to the Ministry of Transportation.
- Note: If you are a novice driver and are convicted of violating any novice condition or a Highway Traffic Act offence which carries 4 or more demerit points or receive a court-ordered suspension for an offence that would have resulted in 4 or more demerit points, you will receive the appropriate penalty under the Novice Driver Escalating Sanctions program. However, no demerit points will be applied to your record or be counted towards your demerit point total
Demerit Points and Fully Licensed Drivers
- As a fully licensed driver, if you get 6 demerit points, you will be sent a warning letter.
- At 9 points, you may have to go to an interview to discuss your record and give reasons why your licence should not be suspended. If you don’t attend, your licence may be suspended.
- At 15 or more points, your licence will be suspended for 30 days from the date you surrender it to the Ministry of Transportation for the first suspension. You can lose your licence for up to two years if you fail to surrender your licence. A driver’s licence may be surrendered at any ServiceOntario Driver and Vehicle Licence Issuing Office, ServiceOntario College Park Driver and Vehicle Licence Issuing Office, or mailed to:
- DriveTest Centres do not accept surrendered licences for suspension purposes.
- After the suspension, you may be required to complete a driver re-examination (vision, knowledge and road tests). If you successfully fulfill your requirements you will have your driver’s licence reinstated and the number of points on your record will be reduced to seven. Any extra points could again bring you to the interview level. If you reach 15 points again, your licence will be suspended for six months.
- If you receive a conviction for an offence committed while a novice driver that is eligible for sanctions under the novice driver escalating sanctions program but you now hold a full class G driver’s licence, you will be required to serve the following:
- 30-day licence suspension for the first occurrence;
- 90-day licence suspension for the second occurrence; and
- 90-day licence suspension for the third occurrence.
Demerit Points for Out-of-Province Convictions
- Drivers convicted of a driving related offence in the State of New York, the State of Michigan or any Canadian province or territory, will have home jurisdictional penalties such as demerit points and/or suspensions applied to their Ontario driver record as if the offence occurred in Ontario.
- Examples of out-of-province convictions where Ontario demerit points and /or suspensions will be applied include:
The Ontario Registrar of Motor Vehicles is required to keep these records under Section 205 of the Highway Traffic Act and may use them for the purposes of administering the Ministry’s Demerit Point System. Inquiries should be directed to:Licensing Administration Office Ministry of Transportation Main Floor, Building A 2680 Keele Street Downsview, ON M3M 3E6 Tel: 416-235-2999 or 1-800-387-3445
DRIVER / VEHICLE RELATED CONVICTIONS
According to Ontario Road Safety Annual Report (2008) of the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario released the following conviction data:
Summary of Motor Vehicle Related Convictions
|Highway Traffic Act (HTA)||1,305,599|
|Regulations under the HTA||14,235|
|Criminal Code of Canada**||16,938|
|Motor Vehicle Collision Claim/Compulsory Insurance Act||85,738|
|Motorized Snow Vehicles Act||1,639|
|Off-Road Vehicles Act||1,744|
|Out of Province Exchange (HTA)||27,928|
*Includes manually recorded convictions.
**This figure does not include 709 convictions for young offenders under the Criminal Code.
***Others may include acts not listed above, such as Motor Vehicle Safety Act.
Motor Vehicle Convictions Related to the Highway Traffic Act
|Seat Belt (Driver & Passenger)**||65,415|
|Other Non-Pointable Convictions||70,684|
|Other Pointable Convictions (2–4 pts)||133,361|
|Other Pointable Convictions (5–7 pts)||10,921|
|Driving While Suspended||12,321|
*Non-moving, weight, vehicle registration, licence renewal, etc.
**Failure to wear seat belt convictions registered against passengers over 16 are no longer included.
Motor Vehicle Convictions Related to the Criminal Code
|Fail to Remain at Collision||539|
|Fail to Stop for Police Officer||471|
|Driving While Disqualified||1,862|
*Does not include 709 convictions for young offenders.
**Includes some out-of-province convictions.
Number of Convicted Drivers* with Criminal Code
|Fail to Remain||299|
|Blood/Alcohol over .08||2,862|
|Fail to Provide Breath Sample||462|
|Driving While Disqualified||1,163|
*The same driver may be represented in this table more than once.
How a paralegal can help you with your traffic ticket
Some drivers seek assistance from a paralegal that specialize in defending traffic ticket cases. NOTE: A paralegal has to be licensed by the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Remember, paying the fine is an admission of guilt. There will be a conviction registered in your driver records. You will have no chance to lower your traffic ticket fine and demerit points (if any). Do not forget, if you have a conviction record, your auto insurance will be increased upon renewal. Calculate the cost of fighting a traffic ticket and weigh it against the chances of getting it dismissed or reduced to a lower charge.
It is always a good idea to hire a paralegal to fight your traffic ticket because we save your nerves, time & money.
- A paralegal has experience and knowledge; they know how to fight your traffic ticket.
- If you hire a paralegal to fight your traffic ticket, they will come to the hearing instead of you, and you will not be involved in a stressful process.
- You will avoid standing in line, finding and paying for parking and gas in order to travel to the provincial offences court just to request a trial date. A paralegal will request a trial date for your traffic ticket.
- You will not have to ask for a day off at work just to request a trial date for your traffic ticket and then to attend the hearing.
- There will be no need to make a request to change a date of the hearing for your traffic ticket, if you cannot attend it at the date – a paralegal can.
- If you have got a traffic ticket while far from home, a paralegal can handle your case without you having to travel to the court at that location.
- A paralegal will develop the strategy of your defence. If there is an outstanding error on your traffic ticket, they may be able to build your defence on that. Probably, your defence will be based on exceptional circumstances that lead to the issuing of your traffic ticket. In some cases (for example, an obscured road sign or malfunctioning stoplight), it is reasonable to admit guilt without harming your traffic ticket case.
- There is a legal requirement that radar guns need to be recalibrated in a certain period of time. In reality, sometimes they are not. Paralegals know legal procedures of verifying whether this was done and documented.
- The police officer who issued you the traffic ticket must show up at the court hearing for your traffic ticket. If the police officer fails to show, your case will be dismissed. Often, the police officers schedule many court hearings on a certain day so that they can appear for all of them at once. If you have a good reason to change a date, there might be a chance that the officer won’t show up. You need to make your request in writing a few days in advance of the scheduled hearing.
- Paralegals make sure that all evidences are well-organized for your traffic ticket case.
- Often, paralegal talks to the Prosecutor before the hearing and they are able to come out with a good deal such as: lower a fine or decrease the demerit points or both, pay a fine without incurring the demerit points on your licence.
- It always takes time and needs knowing the legal procedures to get necessary information (for example, disclosure) to fight your traffic ticket. Paralegals request this information in advance to develop the best strategy for fighting your traffic ticket.
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL OFFENCES COURT (Ontario Court of Justice) LOCATIONS
There are 55 Provincial Offence Court offices throughout Ontario, which deal with Highway Traffic Act matters and the Provincial Offences Act. The offices below have been listed alphabetically:
Barrie/Orillia Provincial Offences Court56 Mulcaster Street, Barrie, Ontario L4M 3M3 Tel: 705-739-4291, Fax: 705-739-4292
Belleville Provincial Offences Court235 Pinnacle Street– 1st Floor, Room # 104 Postal Bag 4400 Belleville, Ontario K8N 3A9 Tel: (613) 966-0331, Fax: (613) 966-7045 Toll Free: 1-800-510-3306 POA Courtroom is located on the 3rd Floor
Bomanville Provincial Offences Court132 Church Street North Bomanville, Ontario
Brampton Provincial Offences Court5 Ray Lawson Avenue, Brampton, Ontario L6Y 5L7 Tel: 905-450-4770
Brantford Provincial Offences Court102 Wellington Square, Brantford, Ontario N3T 5R7 Tel: 519-751-9100, Fax: 519-751-0404
Brockville Provincial Offences Court41 Court House Square, Brockville, Ontario K6V 7N3 Tel: 613-342-2357, Fax: 613-342-8891
Bruce County Provincial Offences Court215 Cayley Street Walkerton, Ontario N0G 2V0
Burlington Provincial Offences Court(serves Milton, Oakville & Burlington) 2051 Plains Road East, Burlington, Ontario L7R 5A5 Tel: 905-637-1274, Fax: 905-637-5919
Caledon Provincial Offences Court6311 Old Church Road, Caledon East, Ontario L0N 1E0 Tel: 905-584-2273, Fax: 905-584-2861 Toll Free Phone 1-800-303-2546
Cambridge Provincial Offence Court152 Main Street, Cambridge, Ontario N1R 6R1 Tel: 519-740-5796, Fax: 519-622-4081
Cayuga Provincial Offences Court45 Munsee Street North, P.O. Box 220, Cayuga, Ontario N0A 1E0 Tel: 905-772-3327, Fax: 905-772-5810
Chatam-Kent Provincial Offences Court21633 Communication Road, R.R. # 5 Blenheim, Ontario N0P 1A0
Cochrane Provincial Offences Court149 4th Ave, P.O. Box 2069 Cochrane, Ontario P0L 1C0 Tel: 705-272-2538
Cornwall Provinical Offences Court(serving United Counties of Stormount, Dundas and Glengarry, Alexandria and Morrisburg) 26 Pitt Street, 3rd Floor Cornwall, Ontario K6J 3P2 Tel: 613-933-4301
County of Grey Provincial Offences Court(Owen Sound and Walkerton) 595 – 9th Avenue East Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 3E3 Tel: 519-376-2205
County of Haldimand Provincial Offences Court(Cayuga) 45 Munsee Street North Cayuga, Ontario N0A 1E0 Tel: 905-772-3327
Elgin-St. Thomas Provincial Offences Court450 Sunset Drive St. Thomas, Ontario N5R 5V1 Tel: 519-631-1460
Elliot Lake Provincial Offences Court100 Tudhope Suite 4 Espanola, Ontario P5T 1S6 Tel: 705-862-7875
Elmdale Provincial Offences CourtKnox Building 35 Queen Street West, Elmdale, Ontario L0L 1P0 Tel: 705-739-4241, Fax: 705-739-4292
Espanola Provincial Offences Court100 Tudhope Street Suite 4 Espanola, Ontario P5T 1S6
Fort Erie Provincial Offences Court200 Jarvis Street, Fort Erie, Ontario L2A 2S4 Tel: 905-871-8811 Niagara Falls Office 905-371-9855
FortFrances Provincial Offences Court320 Portage Avenue Fort Frances, Ontario P3A 3P9 Tel: 807-274-1676
Gore Bay Provincial Offences Court15 Water Street, P.O. Box 298 Gore Bay, Ontario P0P 1H0 Tel: 705-282-2837
Guelph Provincial Offences Court55 Wyndham Street North Old Quebec Street (Mall), Suite 215 Guelph, Ontario N1H 7T8 Tel: 519-826-0762, Fax: 519-826-0284
Haileybury Provincial Offences Court451 Meridian Avenue P.O. Box 2050 Haileybury, Ontario P0J 1K0 Tel: 705-672-3221
Hamilton Provincial Offences CourtJohn Sopinka Courthouse 45 Main Street East, Suite 408, Hamilton, Ontario L8N 2B7 Tel: 905-540-5593, Fax: 905-540-5730
Huron & Goderich County Provincial Offences Court1 Courthouse Square, Goderich, Ontario N7A 1M2 Tel: 519-524-8394, Fax: 519-524-2044
Kawartha Lakes & Lindsay Provincial Offences Courts440 Kent Street West, Lower Level Lindsay, Ontario K9V 5P2 Tel: 705-324-3962, Fax: 519-661-1944
Kemptville Provincial Offences Court
15 Water Street,
Kenora Provincial Offences Court1 Main Street South, Kenora, Ontario P9N 3X2 Tel: 807-467-2984, Fax: 807-467-8530
Kingston Provincial Offences CourtMcDonald Cartier Building 279 Wellington Street, Kingston, Ontario K7K 6E1 Tel: 613-547-8557, Fax: 613-547-8558
Kitchener Provincial Offences Court77 Queen Street North, Kitchener, Ontario N2H 2H1 Tel: 519-745-9446, Fax: 519-745-0520
Leeds and Grenville Provincial Offences Court32A Wall Street, Brockville, Ontario K6V 4R9 Tel: 613-342-2357, Fax: 613-342-3968
Lindsay Provincial Offences Court440 Kent Street West, Lower Level, Lindsay, Ontario K9V 5P2 Tel: 705-324-3962, Fax: 519-661-1944
London Provincial Offences Court824 Dundas Street, London, Ontario N5W 5R1 Tel: 519-661-1882, Fax: 519-661-1944
L’Original Provincial Offences Court28 rue Court Street, C.P. P.O. Box 347, L’Original, Ontario Tel: 613-675-4661, Fax: 613-675-4940 Toll Free Phone: 1-800-667-6307
Milton Provincial Offences Court100 Nipissing Road, Milton, Ontario L9T 5B2 Tel: 905-876-2025, Fax: 905-876-0586
Mississauga Provincial Offences Court950 Burnhamthorpe Road West, Mississauga, Ontario L3C 3B4 Tel: 905-615-4500
Napanee Provincial Offences CourtCounty Memorial Building 41 Dundas Street East, Napanee, Ontario K7R 1H7 Tel: 613-354-4882, Fax: 613-354-3112
Newmarket Provincial Offences Court465 Davis Drive, Suite 200 Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 7T9 Tel: 905-898-0425, Toll Free: 1-877-331-3309 Toll Free Phone: 1-877-331-3309
Niagara Falls Provincial Offences Court(serves St. Catherines, Welland and Niagara Falls) 4635 Queen Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario L2E 6V6 Tel: 905-371-8988, Fax: 905-371-9855 Toll Free Phone: 1-866-278-8303
Norfolk Provincial Offences CourtJustice Complex 530 Queensway Avenue West, 4th Floor P.O. Box 473, Simcoe, Ontario N3Y 4L2 Tel: 519-428-2494, Fax: 519-428-4291
Northumberland County Provincial Offences Court860 William Street Upper Level, Coburg, Ontario K9A 3A9 Tel: 905-372-3329, Fax: 905-372-6529 Toll Free Phone: 1-800-354-7050
Oakville Provincial Offences Court1225 Trafalgar Road, P.O. Box 206, Oakville, Ontario L6J 5A2 Tel: 905-338-4394, Fax: 905-338-4257
Orangeville Provincial Offence Court10 Louisa Street Orangeville, Ontario L9W 3P9 Tel: 519-941-5808,Fax: 519-940-3685
Orillia Provincial Offences Court575 West Street South, Orillia, Ontario L3V 7N6 Tel: 705-326-2960, Fax: 705-326-3613
Oshawa-Durham Provincial Offences Court701 Rossland Road East, Lower Level Whitby, Ontario L1N 8Y9 Tel: 905-668-3130
Ottawa Provincial Offences Court100 Constellation Crescent, 1st Floor, Ottawa, Ontario K2G 6J8 Tel: 705-326-2960, Fax: 705-326-3613 Toll Free Phone: 1-800-724-2913
Owen Sound Provincial Offences Court595 9th Avenue East, Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 3E3 Toll Free Phone: 1-800-724-2913
Penetanguishene County Provincial Offences CourtTown Hall, 10 Robert West, Penetanguishene, Ontario Tel: 705-739-4291, Fax: 705-739-4292
Perth Provincial Offences Court80 Gore Street Perth, Ontario K7H 1H9 Tel: 613-267-3311
Peterborough Provincial Offences Court99 Simcoe Street, Peterborough, Ontario K9H 2H3 Tel: 705-742-7777, Fax: 705-743-9292
Prince Edward County Provincial Offences Court#1, 67 King Street, Picton, Ontario K0K 2T0 Tel: 613-476-2148
Richmond Hill Provincial Offences Court50 High Tech Road, Richmond Hill, Ontario L4B 4N7 Tel: 905-762-2105 Toll Free Phone: 1-866-758-0750
Sarnia Provincial Offences CourtBayside Mall Lambton Shared Services Centre, 2nd Floor 150 North Christina Street, Suite Y01A, Sarnia, Ontario N7T 7W5 Tel: 519-344-8880, Fax: 519-344-9379
St. Catharines Provincial Offences Court71 King Street, St. Catherines, Ontario L2R 3H7 Tel: 905-687-6590, Fax: 905-687-6614
Stratford, Perth County Provincial Offences Court1 Huron Street, Stratford, Ontario N5A 5S4 Tel: 519-271-0531
Sudbury Provincial Offences Court178 Elm Street West Station “A” P.O. Box 6800 Sudbury, Ontario P3C 1V1 Tel: 705-673-6202
Thunder Bay Provincial Offences Court110 Archibald Street North Thunder Bay, Ontario P7C 3X8 Tel: 807-625-2999
Timmins Provincial Offences Court220 Algonquin Boulevard East Timmins, Ontario P4N 1B3 Tel: 705-360-1332
Toronto – Ontario Court of Justice # 487170 Centre Avenue Toronto, Ontario M5G 1R5
Toronto Court Services137 Edward Street, 2nd Floor Toronto, Ontario M5G 2P8 Tel: 416-338-7320, Fax: 416-338-7388
Toronto – Old City Hall – Provincial Offences Court60 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5H 2M4 Tel: 416-327-5614
Toronto East Provincial Offences Court1530 Markham Road, Scarborough, Ontario M1B 3G4 Tel: 416-338-7320, Fax:416-338-7388
Toronto North Provincial Offences CourtNorth York Civic Centre 5100 Yonge Street, North York, Ontario M2N 5V7 Tel: 416-338-7320, Fax: 416-338-7388
Toronto West Provincial Offences CourtYork Civic Centre 2700 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario M6M 1V1 Tel: 416-338-7320, Fax: 416-338-7388
Wasaga Beach Provincial Offences Court30 Lewis Street Wasaga Beach, Ontario L9Z 1A1 Tel: 705-739-4241, Fax: 705-739-4292
Waterloo Provincial Offences Court
(through the Cambridge and Kitchener Courts)77 Queen Street North Kitchener, Ontario N2H 6P4 Tel: 519-740-5794
Welland Provincial Offences Court3 Cross Street, Welland, Ontario L3B 5X6 Tel: 905-734-6387, Fax: 905-734-7816 Toll Free Phone: 1-800-756-9477
Whitby Provincial Offences Court701 Rossland Road East, Lower Level Whitby, Ontario L1N 8Y9 Tel: 519-537-4890
Windsor Provincial Offences Court251 Goyeau Street, Suite 300, Windsor, Ontario N9A 6V2 Tel: 519-255-6555, Fax: 519-255-6556
Woodstock Provincial Offences Court415 Hunter Street, Woodstock, Ontario N4S 4G6 Tel: 519-537-4890
One more time: paying the fine is an admission of guilt. There will be a conviction registered in your driver records. You will have no chance to lower your traffic ticket fine and demerit points (if any). Do not forget, if you have a conviction record, your auto insurance will be increased upon renewal. Calculate the cost of fighting a traffic ticket and weigh it against the chances of getting it dismissed or reduced to a lower charge.