Speeding Tickets

Speeding Ticket Ontario

Speeding is one of the most widespread problems (across Canada) when it comes to driving violations. According to the law, every person driving a vehicle, is required to comply with established speed limits and is not allowed to exceed them. 

At first glance, speeding might seem not like a serious offence, but in reality the consequences can be really disappointing – up to $1,000 in fines, up to 6 demerit points and hugely inflated insurance rates.

Let’s get to the details!


Consequences of Speeding Tickets

  • 0 – 6 demerit points;
  • Fine payable according to table victim fine surcharge to be added;
  • Conviction registered on your driving record for 3 years;
  • Possible increased insurance premium with 0 to 3 points for a duration of up to 3 years;
  • Definite increased insurance premium with 3 or more points for duration for up to 3 years or longer depending on your insurance company.

Important:

  • there are no 1 or 2 point speeding offences – only 0, 3, 4 and 6. Speeding 0 – 49 km/hr over the speed limit will be issued on a Part I – Offence Notice, with an ‘out of court set fine’;
  • any speeds in a ‘Community Safety Zone’ will be dealt with in the same manner; however, the fines will double. With speeds 50 km/h and 35 km/h over posted speed limit in a ‘Community Safety Zone’ the officer will issue a Part III summons to appear in court. Convictions resulting in 4 – 6 demerit points may result in having your license suspended for 30 days.
  • speeding infraction of 50 km/h over the maximum-posted limit will dramatically affect your insurance rates by at least 100% per year. This is an absolute liability offence and is considered a major violation. 

When fighting speeding tickets it is imperative that you are familiar with the speed-measuring device used by a police officer at the time. In order to prove the alleged traffic ticket fine, the officer has to complete specific obligations before evidence is accepted as accurate. The equipment used may change depending on different police agencies.


Out of Court Set Fines

Over speed limitFine amountDemerit points
0 – 15 km/h$2.75 per km0 demerit points
16 – 29 km/h$3.75 per km3 demerit points
30 – 49 km/h$6.00 per km4 demerit points
30 Days Suspension for G1 and G2 Drivers
50+ km/h$9.75 per km6 demerit points
30 Days Suspension for G1 and G2 Drivers

Ontario Speeding Fines 2020-2021 Set in Court at Trials

Over speed limitFine amountDemerit points
0 – 15 km/h$3.00 per km0 demerit points
16 – 29 km/h$4.50 per km3 demerit points
30 – 49 km/h$7.00 per km4 demerit points
30 Days Suspension for G1 and G2 Drivers
50+ km/h$9.75 per km6 demerit points
30 Days Suspension for G1 and G2 Drivers

Having some relatives or rookie paralegals “selling the best advice” when you ask them quick advice with questions like: “How to get out of a speeding ticket?” or “How to beat a speeding ticket?” or something in this fashion. But unfortunately, it’s not that easy, and in most cases they will do you a disservice.

Generally, working with an experienced speeding ticket paralegal is the best practice for anyone interested in reducing risks of gettings maximum fines and demerit points in court.

Also, here are a few things to remember:

  • Every case is different. Hence, fighting your first speeding ticket in Ontario cannot be based on the process your friend’s speeding lawyer or paralegal used in the past to help them out. Well, the actual process is almost the same when it comes to administrative work to be done; however, utilizing the most suitable approach or tactic in each specific situation is exactly where the magic happens.
  • Most Canada speeding tickets must be filed with the court within 15 days to request a meeting with a prosecutor or trial date depending on a court location.
  • A lot of people think that showing up to trial will result in automatic speed rate reduction which will ultimately reduce their demerit points, but often once police officer was requested to show up in court, prosecutors must proceed with a trial process and fighting a speeding ticket can result in less than favourable results to you and your future driving record.
  • Prior to your early meeting with a prosecutor, you should request or obtain police officer’s evidence that will be used in court to prove your guilt in committing a speeding offence. 

How to Fight a Speeding Ticket in Ontario

There are 2 ways:

  1. Hire a speeding lawyer or paralegal and they’ll fight instead of you.
  2. Fight your ticket in court alone.

As mentioned above, the best possible first step is to get professional help on your side (speeding ticket attorney or paralegal). This fact alone will immensely increase your odds of getting a positive outcome compared to just going to court on your own. 


But if you want to fight your speeding ticket alone, you need to do the following:

  • You need to file a ticket with a court in order to receive a date with a prosecutor to discuss a possible reduction of your speeding ticket to a lower reduced speed resulting in less or 0 demerit points.
  • Keep in mind that in order to fight a speeding ticket it takes at least 2-3 times to attend the court and for most people it means taking time off from work.
  • Schedule trial date with the appropriate court and prepare for it.
  • Show up at trial prepared to be questioned about every little fact from the day when you were caught speeding. Also be prepared to ask police officer questions about relevant facts about your speeding ticket that would help you draw answers proving that events in your case might have been different than what the police officer is suggesting.
  • Remember that courts have heard it all: “I was speeding because I needed to go to use the restroom and I had a sick stomach” or “I was helping to drive a sick friend to the hospital”.


When it comes to fighting speeding tickets which is an absolute liability offence there can only be two possible defences. But be prepared that the standard of proof for each of these excuses is very high. Here they are:

1 – “I believe my life was in danger and I was dialling 911 while being followed by a dark car through a dark alley”

2 – You were the only person who could have potentially save a person’s life and there were no other alternatives but to break the law and speed to maximize
their chances to survive. The importance of breaking the speeding law must have been far greater than the actual act of speeding because you helped to save another person’s life.


If you’re looking for the best speeding ticket defense for yourself, then hiring a lawyer to fight a speeding ticket would definitely be an investment to be repaid a hundredfold in the future (both time and money). 

We employ only the best speeding ticket lawyers, paralegals, former police officers and prosecutors that are now helping people fight speeding tickets anywhere in Canada. Even if it’s your first case, don’t worry – we’ll help you with it!

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    FAQ

    Here we've prepared a short list of frequently asked questions in order to provide quick answers to anyone who's looking for information associated with the topic. If you need more clarification, please don't hesitate to contact us for a free consultation.

    👉Is it worth fighting a speeding ticket in Ontario?

    Every ticket worth fighting. For speeding, penalties could be up to $1,000, and chances are your insurance company will increase your rates for up to 3 years or even more. So, in our opinion, yes, it worth it!

    👉How many demerit points I can get for speeding violation?

    It depends on km/hr over the speed limit. Basically, it is 0, 3, 4 and 6 demerit points. 0 – 15 km/h - 0 demerit points; 16 – 29 km/h - 3 demerit points; 30 – 49 km/h - 4 demerit points; 50+ km/h - 6 demerit points.

    👉Do I need to be present in court during a hearing associated with my case?

    If you hire a legal representative, we will advise you in advance should your attendance is required. However, most of the time, we are able to deal with most cases ourselves. It is your right to be present in court every time.

    👉Will you really help me to withdraw my speeding ticket?

    Helping people to fight their tickets is our work. And we pour all our knowledge and experience to get the best outcome for you as possible. However, if your ticket cannot be dismissed, we will still fight for you to get the best possible result.

    👉What is the best way to beat a speeding ticket in Ontario?

    The best way to fight a speeding ticket is with the help of a traffic ticket paralegal. This will increase your chances of getting a positive outcome compared to just going to court alone. Or simply paying a fine, which might result in unwanted consequences.

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