What you need to know about speed limits
The fastest speed any motorist in Ontario can travel legally is 100 km/h.
The Highway Traffic Act of Ontario regulates the offence of speeding as well as other moving & non-moving traffic offences. All motor vehicles or vehicles travelling on the highways, roads or streets of Ontario are governed by the Highway Traffic Act, section 128 to 129 inclusive.
In a city, on a road or street, the speed limit is generally 50 km/h and outside of a city, the speed limit is generally 80 km/h. If a speed limit sign is not posted in a city, then by default, the limit is generally 50 km/h.
The essential elements of the offence of speeding are set out in Section 128 of the Highway Traffic Act. Anyone travelling in excess of or over the posted maximum speed limit is considered to be speeding which is an absolute liability offence.
In absolute liability offences, the prosecutor is only required to prove that you committed the offence with which you are charged. Intent to commit the offence is not one of the essential elements of an absolute liability offence. The prosecutor does not have to prove any intent to speed on your part; just prove that you were speeding.
Nonetheless, there are many ways to defend and defeat a speeding ticket!
Why you should fight speeding tickets
The penalties for speeding are based on how many kilometers over the maximum posted speed limit you were allegedly travelling.
The set fines for speeding offences range from $3 to $9.75 per kilometer over the posted limit. Those fines are doubled in Community Safety and Constructions zones.
About demerit points
The Highway Traffic Act provides a schedule of demerit points associated with speeding tickets. These are:
0 – 15 km/h over — zero points
16 – 29 km/h over — 3 points
30 – 49 km/h over — 4 points
50+ over — 6 points
All convictions remain on your public record for three years. This can have a detrimental effect on your insurance premiums for up to five years or more.
Why choose our speeding ticket experts?
Highway Enforcement Legal Protection is a province-wide company with a team of highly experienced, licenced paralegals serving you. All have met the high standards as set out by the Law Society of Upper Canada, the governing body of both paralegals and lawyers in Ontario.
Our licenced paralegals have a high success rate because of our integrity, experience, knowledge, skill and desire to ensure the best outcome for our clients. You can expect us to perform all the work necessary to attain this goal.
It’s not possible for any paralegal to promise that 100% of the charges are dismissed. Even so, for cases where dismissal isn’t possible, we can typically negotiate a beneficial traffic ticket resolution on your behalf. This means reducing the consequences on insurance premiums, penalties and demerit points.
Here’s a quote from a client:
“We just returned from vacation and in our stack of mail was your letter advising of the outcome of my speeding offence. I was pleased with the result and would like to thank you for the excellent service you provided.” — Derek S.
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