If you are Canadian licensed driver from either Quebec or Ontario then it’s important that you read this article. A Quebec or Ontario licensed driver should be aware that a traffic ticket in New York will result in fines and points being transferred over to their Canadian license.
Does A Quebec or Ontario Licensed Driver Get Demerit Points For A Speeding Ticket They Receive In New York?
The Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) makes it clear that any offense committed in New York so long as an equivalent offense exists will result in demerit points as if it occurred in Quebec. This means that if you are licensed in Quebec and are found guilty or plead guilty to a charge in New York then the points will transfer to Quebec’s demerit point system, which will be a part of your driving record and most likely result in increased insurance rates. The more demerit points that you accumulate on your license the greater the potential that your driving privileges will be suspended in Canada.
Quebec allows a maximum of 15 demerit points against your license. Once you hit 15 demerit points your license is automatically revoked or your driving privilege rights will be taken away. The same applies for Ontario licensed drivers as Ontario has reciprocity with New York. According to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, demerit points will be assessed against you for any traffic violation that you commit in NY that is equivalent to a traffic offense in Ontario.
If you received a speeding ticket in NY, the number of demerit points in Québec depends on what the speed limit was and how far over the speed limit you were driving. For example, a speeding ticket for driving 75mph in a 60mph zone would translate to 2 demerit points. A speeding ticket for driving 90mph in a 55mph zone would translate to 10 demerit points. Demerit points can also apply for other traffic violations that are received in New York as well, such as cell phone, unsafe lane change, DWI, reckless driving and failure to stop at a red light.
Why Should I Consult With A Traffic Defense Attorney For My Speeding Ticket In NY?
A NY traffic defense attorney can advise you of the fines and penalties you are facing and inform you about the legal process to handle your traffic ticket. The best part is that since you are a Canadian resident, hiring a licensed NY traffic defense attorney means that you will not be required to come to court.
An experienced attorney in many cases can negotiate a settlement (known as plea bargaining) in your case and reduce your fines and penalties. In some cases the attorney may win a complete dismissal of the charge. In any even consulting with an attorney may be the difference between having points transfer to your Canadian license or have no points transfer at all, possibly saving you hundreds of dollars in insurance rate increases.
Call Rosenblum Law today for a free consultation about your traffic ticket matter.