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Ask me anything about fighting your traffic ticket (Speeding, Parking, etc.)

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eblend wrote:
Aug 9th, 2017 2:10 pm
Pretty sure in Canada that's illegal. I know it's very common in Europe.
Nope.
Traffic tickets are issued at police discretion. However, interpretation of the law is up to the courts.

In past, my colleague Jim Kenzie and myself took police to task for improperly ticketing drivers who flashed their headlights in daytime to warn oncoming drivers that they were approaching a speed trap.

The courts ruled this specific action was not illegal and that charges under section 162(2) HTA, which prohibits alternating high-beams on vehicles other than emergency vehicles, did not apply. All outstanding charges were tossed and police no longer issue such tickets at the direction of the Solicitor General.
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2 things I hate, people with no lights driving at night and people with highbeams on at night. Don't you see you are blinding oncoming cars on the road which can be dangerous.
Mahzooz wrote:
Aug 9th, 2017 2:01 pm
Hi
Received a ticket for doing my civic duty and warning others about a hidden police speed trap. I received a "Prohibited use of Highbeam Headlights" and I was told by few people to fight it because it doesnt hold ground in court. Any tips on how to fight this ticket

Thanks

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Mahzooz wrote:
Aug 9th, 2017 2:01 pm
Hi
Received a ticket for doing my civic duty and warning others about a hidden police speed trap. I received a "Prohibited use of Highbeam Headlights" and I was told by few people to fight it because it doesnt hold ground in court. Any tips on how to fight this ticket

Thanks
Illegal or not, it's pretty stupid to flash your highbeams like that.... and I definitely wouldn't do it to warn others of a speed trap when there's a cop in plain sight.
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I would flash peoples if they had their high beams on or or if they don't have any lights on at night but if someone is speeding and crossing a speed trap, hell with him.
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Cheapo-Findo wrote:
Aug 9th, 2017 2:21 pm
2 things I hate, people with no lights driving at night and people with highbeams on at night. Don't you see you are blinding oncoming cars on the road which can be dangerous.
First of all my headlights weren't on. Second, it was around noon so broad day light. I was warning drivers on the other side about the speed trap in broad day light.
I know that police officers dont have ground to prove it in court but I wanted help on how to fight it and what exactly to say to the Judge when I go to court
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I don't know why people warn others of speed traps. Don't speed and you won't get a ticket. I hope this ticket sticks and the OP fined
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Mahzooz wrote:
Aug 9th, 2017 2:01 pm
Hi
Received a ticket for doing my civic duty and warning others about a hidden police speed trap. I received a "Prohibited use of Highbeam Headlights" and I was told by few people to fight it because it doesnt hold ground in court. Any tips on how to fight this ticket

Thanks
YOUR CIVIC DUTY is to warn speeders?

Seriously?
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I would also add this to the above links

The courts ruled this specific action was not illegal and that charges under section 162(2) HTA, which prohibits alternating high-beams on vehicles other than emergency vehicles, did not apply. All outstanding charges were tossed and police no longer issue such tickets at the direction of the Solicitor General.
http://www.wheels.ca/news/can-i-get-a-t ... vers-1047/
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konsensei wrote:
Aug 9th, 2017 2:50 pm
YOUR CIVIC DUTY is to warn speeders?

Seriously?
Love it when people focus on wording instead of helping. Ok since it bugs you too much, call it "Good Samaritan" instead of "Civic Duty". Do you have anything to add to help?
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Mahzooz wrote:
Aug 9th, 2017 2:53 pm
Love it when people focus on wording instead of helping. Ok since it bugs you too much, call it "Good Samaritan" instead of "Civic Duty". Do you have anything to add to help?
One day, one of these speeders will crash and kill people while speeding. I hope you are happy helping them not to learn.
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If you need to use high beam driving in the city
You may want to get your eyes checkWinking Face
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konsensei wrote:
Aug 9th, 2017 2:57 pm
One day, one of these speeders will crash and kill people while speeding. I hope you are happy helping them not to learn.
Because the OP specifically stated he was warning of a speeder doing 80+ in a school zone.

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