In Ontario, if you were already in the intersection then you would not be guilty. The light has to change and then you pass into the intersection. If you are already in the intersection when the light changes then that is not an offence.cookiesntea wrote: ↑Jan 9th, 2018 4:43 pmHi guys, new here. I wanted to get some of your opinions on this red light ticket I got this morning.
Roads were a complete mess this morning in Montreal after heavy snowfall the night prior.Heavy bumper to bumper traffic, clear weather conditions, 0 Celsius .
I was turning right at a T shape intersection. The light was green for me, so I engaged. Mid way through my turn 2 kids(rushing to school I assume) appeared out of no where and decided to run across so naturally I stopped, gestured at them in "come on, go ahead" way. While they were running across, the light shifted from green to amber and by the time they were on the other side the light turned red. About 30 meters away, hidden behind a pile of snow at a private business entrance was a police car that pulled me over. To add to that, the intersection in question does not have a crosswalk-specific light for pedestrians with the countdown numbers. Nor I nor the kids knew how much time the had to cross. Was I really in the wrong here?
Also interesting fact, the police officer didn't even come out of his car to ask me for license and registration. He simply pulled me over, wrote down his ticket, came to my window and said drive safely.
Its not really the fine that bothers me, its more the 3 points of demerit on my almost spotless driving record that does. Should I try and contest it or bite the bullet and pony up? Would this be a classic case of my words against his?
Quebec is a whole other world of guilty until proven innocent and I do not know the rules there.
I am not a lawyer and I am not a paralegal and I do not give legal advice.
All statements made are my opinion only.