The Courts in Ontario are going to have to supply the Municipalities with much larger cash registers, as they will begin to rake in a lot more money today, effective Wednesday, December 1, 2010, at 12:00 a.m, given the substantial increases in the fines associated with some rules of the road.
The McGuinty Government has made some considerable changes to the Highway Traffic Act, under Bill 126 (Ontario Road Safety Act) which comes into effect today.
Permanently Increased Penalties
(the permanent penalties cited below, do not include the victim fine surcharges or court costs, which is added on top of the fine and increases the total payable amount):
all seat belt charges (pursuant to section Section 106 ) now carry a minimum fine of $200.00. The fine for not complying with the Act or regulations respecting seat belts under section 106 is increased from $60 to $500 (the general penalty under section 214 of the Act) to $200 to $1,000.
careless driving charges now carry a minimum fine of $400.00. The fine for careless driving under section 130 is increased from $200 to $1,000 to $400 to $2,000.
proceeding through a red light charge, carries a minimum fine of $200.00 (under sections 144 & 146 of the Highway Traffic Act “HTA”). The fine for not stopping on a red light under sections 144 and 146 is increased from $150 to $500 to $200 to $1,000.
failing to remain, to return or to assist charges (under section 200 of the HTA), now carry a minimum fine of $400.00. The fine for not complying with section 200 (remain or return to scene of accident, provide assistance) is increased from $200 to $1,000 to $400 to $2,000.
Example $200 fine + $35.00 vfs + $5.00 court cost = $240.00 Total Payable
Example $400 fine + $85.00 vfs + $5.00 court cost = $490.00 Total Payable
The examples displayed above, do not include the Province’s expanded ability to impose an administrative suspension of a motorist’s driver’s licence and the administrative roadside impoundment his/her vehicle (see link) under Bill 126 (Ontario Road Safety Act).
Roadside Administrative Suspension of Driver’s Licence and Administrative Impoundment of Motor Vehicles:
Pursuant to Bill 126 , drivers who are caught driving while under a suspension will have their motor vehicle immediately impounded (roadside impoundment),
Suspensions can occur for a number of reasons. The length of the suspension depends on the reason for the suspension:
Criminal Code charges (ie-impaired driving) will result in a 45 day impoundment of the motor vehicle.
Loss of Driver’s Licence due to the accumulation of an excessive number of demerit points = 7 day impoundment of vehicle
Loss of Driver’s Licence due to failure to pay child support payments = 7 day impoundment of vehicle
Motorists charged with the following:
possessing more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of their blood
refusal to provide a breathalyzer breath sample when requested
operating a motor vehicle without the required ignition interlock device
Will have their motor vehicles subjected to an immediate administrative roadside impoundment for a period of seven (7) days.
All driver’s (with all driver’s licences) under the age of 21 must maintain a zero blood-alcohol level while driving. If a driver under 21 years of age is pulled over and provides a breathalyzer sample which is greater than “0”, they will have their driver’s licence immediately suspended (administrative suspension) for 24 hours, followed by an additional 30 day driver’s licence suspension and a maximum fine of five hundred ($500.00) dollars upon conviction.
Operators of motor vehicles that possess G1 or G2 driver’s licences currently have restrictions regarding the consumption of alcohol (they cannot drink and drive). Bill 126 imposes greater penalties (ie – ninety day (90 day) adminstrative suspension of the driver’s licence for a second infraction and cancellation of driver’s licence and even harsher penalities upon subsequent conviction).