Ontario Demerit Point System
Get the point, save your points!
It is important to fight your ticket to avoid the accumulation of demerit points.
Gaining or Loosing Demerit Points?
Drivers convicted of driving related offences have demerit points recorded on their record.
It is a common misconception that drivers "lose" points due to convictions. In fact, a driver begins with zero demerit points and accumulates demerit points for convictions. The more you get, the worse it is.
Demerit points stay on your record for a period two years from the offence date. If you accumulate enough points, your drivers licence will be suspended.
Below is a table outlining the demerit point penalties for driving offences :
2 Demerit Points
Improper right turn
Improper left turn
Improper opening of a vehicle door
Towing people — on toboggans, bicycles, skis
Unnecessary slow driving
Backing on highway
Failing to lower headlamp beams
Failing to obey signs
Failing to stop at a pedestrian crossing
Failing to share the road
Failing to signal
Driver failing to wear a seat belt
Driver failing to ensure infant/child passenger is properly secured in an appropriate child restraint system or booster seat
Driver failing to ensure that a passenger less than 23 kg is properly secured
Driver failing to ensure that a passenger under 16 years is wearing a seat belt
3 Demerit Points
Driving while holding or using a hand-held wireless communications or entertainment device
Driving while viewing a display screen unrelated to the driving task
Exceeding the speed limit by 16 to 29 km/hour
Driving through, around or under a railway crossing barrier
Driving the wrong way on a divided road
Driving or operating a vehicle on a closed road
Failing to yield the right-of-way
Failing to obey a stop sign, traffic control stop/slow sign, traffic light or railway crossing signal
Failing to obey the directions of a police officer
Failing to report a collision to a police officer
Failing to slow and carefully pass a stopped emergency vehicle or a tow truck with its amber lights flashing
Failing to move, where possible, into another lane when passing a stopped emergency vehicle or a tow truck with its amber lights flashing
Improper driving when road is divided into lanes
Improper use of a high occupancy vehicle lane
Going the wrong way on a one-way road
Crossing a divided road where no proper crossing is provided
Crowding the driver's seat
4 Demerit Points
Exceeding the speed limit by 30 to 49 km/h
Following too closely
5 Demerit Points
Driver of a bus failing to stop at an unprotected railway crossing
6 Demerit Points
Racing – Stunt driving
Exceeding the speed limit by 50 km/h or more
Failing to stop for a school bus
7 Demerit Points
Failing to remain at the scene of a collision
Failing to stop when signaled/requested by a police officer
How Do I Avoid Gaining Demerit Points?
The best way, irreproachable driving habits! Even then, things do happen...
Another way to keep your demerit points, is to fight YOUR ticket !
Reasons to Fight my Traffic Ticket?