Canadian Driver With a NY Speeding Ticket

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canadian flagEach day, a significant number of Canadians cross the border into New York and a large number of New Yorkers travel into Canada. Many travelers find themselves on the New York State Thruway, where the police are notorious for giving out plenty of traffic tickets.

If you are a Canadian driver traveling into NY, you need to be extra careful and understand that you may be in more trouble than you originally thought if you receive a NY traffic ticket.

New York State will transfer notices of conviction to Ontario and Quebec provinces and they will assess demerit points against your Canadian driving record.

Canada Has Reciprocity With New York

Although the United States and Canada operate under different laws and legal systems, both countries share driver information with one another.

This information includes who receives a traffic ticket as well as when and where. In other words, Canada has reciprocity with New York (and vice versa).

How Demerit Points Work in Quebec

The Société de l’assurance automobile du Quebec (SAAQ) made it abundantly clear that an equivalent offense committed in another province or in an American state that Quebec has a reciprocal agreement with (e.g. NY) will result in demerit points being put on your driving record as if the offense occurred in Quebec itself.

Put simply, if you received a New York traffic ticket for an offense that is recognized in Quebec, then you will likely receive demerit points on your Canadian driver’s license. The points you receive will be set by the SAAQ point system based on the equivalent offense that you committed. Remember, you will only be allowed to receive a maximum of 15 demerit points on your license.

If you receive more than 15, you will lose your driving privileges for a set duration of time (usually 30 days) and your license could be taken away (depending on the offense you commit).

Remember, Ontario also 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.

What are the Ramifications of Speeding in NY With a Canadian License?

If you received a NY speeding ticket, the number of demerit points that Quebec will put on your license directly depends on the speed you were going and how many miles over the posted speed limit you were traveling.

For instance, if you received a speeding ticket for driving 80 miles per hour in a 65 mile per hour zone (i.e. exceeding the limit by 24 kilometers per hour), you would receive 2 demerit points. If you received a speeding ticket for going 90 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone (i.e. exceeding the limit by 56 kilometers per hour), you would receive 10 demerit points.

It is crucial to note that Quebec does not assess demerit points for only traveling 10 kilometers per hour or less over the posted speed limit. In other words, if you hire an experienced traffic ticket attorney who is able to get your traffic violation reduced to a ticket for simply going 6 miles per hour over the posted speed limit, Quebec will not assess any demerit points against you.

However, in Ontario, speeding tickets tend to range from 3 to 6 demerit points.

  • More specifically, if you exceed the speed limit by 16-29 kilometers per hour, you will receive 3 demerit points.
  • If you exceed the speed limit by 30-49 kilometers, you will receive 4 demerit points.
  • If you are caught going 50 kilometers or more, then you will receive 6 demerit points.
  • Lastly, Ontario does not assess demerit points for speeding 15 kilometers or less over the posted speed limit.

Therefore, if you hire a traffic ticket attorney who is able to get your ticket reduced to one for traveling 9 miles per hour or less over the posted speed limit, you will not have to worry about having demerit points assessed against you.

Penalties Associated With Demerits

If you are a new driver and get 2 or more demerit points, you will be sent a warning letter. If you get 6 points, you may need to provide a good explanation for why you should be allowed to keep your license. At 9 points, your license will be suspended for 60 days.

If you are a fully licensed driver and receive 6 demerit points, you will be sent a warning letter. Once you obtain 9, you could be compelled to explain why you should be allowed to keep your license. However, if you receive 15 points, your license will be suspended for 30 days.

Aside from the possibility of having your license suspended or revoked, receiving demerits will cause your insurance to skyrocket. You can also incur hefty fines. Consequently, it is crucial to hire an experienced speeding ticket attorney who can help negotiate and argue on your behalf in order to reduce your offense or get it dismissed outright.

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893 thoughts on “Canadian Driver With a NY Speeding Ticket”

  1. Hi there. Happy New Year. I am a ON driver and got a speeding ticket 94 MPH on 65 zone on state route 17. I’m wondering if I should pleading guilty or not guilty and how much will charge me. If there is anyway that I can change the speeding to parking ticket which won’t effect me on my insurance.

    1. Hello Kelsey and thank you for your inquiry. The offense for driving 29 miles over the limit carries a maximum 6 point penalty and a maximum fine of $300 with $93 court fees. Furthermore, irrespective of your residence, you will be charged an additional $300 for the NY imposed Driver’s Responsibility Assessment Fee for accumulating 6 or more points on your license. Please note, this offense will transfer over as 4 demerit points. This will likely negatively impact your insurance rates for the foreseeable future. We suggest contesting the matter with an attorney in order to attempt to mitigate the likely insurance implications and points on your license.

  2. Hi there,

    I am an ON driver and I received a speeding ticket in Franklin County, NY going 70mph in a 55mph zone.

    What am I looking at as far as fines and points and is there any way I can fight this ticket to a mere fine without having points on my license?

    1. Hello Benjamin and thank you for your inquiry. Please be advised that the offense of driving 15 miles over the speed limit carries a maximum 4 point penalty and a maximum fine of $300 with $93 court fees. Due to the alleged speed, this will carry over onto your ON license as 3 demerit points. This will likely incur a negative impact on your insurance rates. We suggest contesting the matter with an attorney in order to avoid the demerit points on your license and mitigate the likely insurance implications.

  3. Hello,

    I received a speeding ticket for going 70 in a 55mph zone. I was actually going 85 but the officer changed the report, presumably so I wouldn’t get as high of a fine. Wondering if I should just pay the fine and accept the consequences or if it is worth trying to contest?

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Hello Ryan and thank you for your inquiry. Please be advised that the officer reduced your initial 6 point violation with total fines over $600 to a 4 point violation and depending on where you were charged, a maximum fine of $300 with $93 court fees. While it is a reduced offense, it will likely result in an increase to your insurance rates. We suggest contesting the matter with an attorney in an attempt to mitigate the likely insurance implications and points on your license.

  4. Hello i got a ticket on the I-90 eastbound near Junius, Seneca County NY. The following happened, i was on cruise control at 118kmh (73 mph) on the left lane. Limit is 65 mph but traffic pace was 75 mph at around 4:30 pm had to slow because of a red car in front going slower. A few seconds later, a white pickup passed both of us on the right at a very high speed. Then the red car changed lane and i accelerated back to about 75 mph. I noticed a NY trooper on the other side (westbound) because my radar detector was screaming on the Ka band, but i didn’t change speed and passed a truck under a bridge. A noticed in my side view mirror the trooper that did a U-turn and came back to catch me !!!! The officer, very friendly, said; you were doing 92 mph !!! I almost had a cardiac arrest. I explained her, impossible i was on cruise control, i’m canadian and don’t want to act unlawfuly, i have everything captured on a dashcam… but she refused to change mind – she said just contest !

    Retrospectively i’m sure the trooper radar caught the white pickup driver at 92 mph, and by the time she looked at the cars the white pickup being found of going fast on the right lane may have disappeared and she might have assumed it was me ! THis is not LIDAR so no positive identification.

    I have the dashcam sequence, what can i expect – can you defend me in Junius ?

    thanks

    1. Hello Andre and thank you for your inquiry. Please be advised that the offense for driving 27 miles over the limit carries a maximum 6 point penalty and a maximum fine of $300 with $93 court fees. Furthermore, for accumulating 6 or more points on your license, you will be charged an additional $300 for the NY imposed Driver’s Responsibility Assessment Fee. Please note, if you hold a Canadian driver’s license, you will be assessed 4 demerit points. This will likely incur a substantial increase in your insurance rates. We suggest contesting the ticket with an attorney in order to attempt to mitigate the insurance implications, points on your license, and substantial fees.

  5. Hi,
    I am driver from ON.

    I received a speeding in a work zone (71mph in 45mph) on I90 west bound. What is the fine associated with this and is there demerit points involved?
    Would it be worth my time to come back to NY and appear before a judge or mail the ticket in and pay for it?
    Thank you in advance

    1. Hello Michelle and thank you for reaching out to us. Please be advised that driving in excess of 26 miles over the limit carries a maximum 6 point penalty and a maximum fine of $300 with $93 court costs. Since you were charged in a work zone, fines are doubled so you will have a maximum $600 fine. Additionally, you will be responsible to pay the NY imposed Driver Responsibility Assessment Fee for accumulating 6 or more points on your license, an additional $300 or face license suspension in the United States. Furthermore, this carries 4 demerit points in Canada, which may negatively impact your insurance. We suggest contesting the ticket with an attorney in order to attempt to mitigate the likely impact on your insurance and reduce/avoid the demerit points.

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