Ontario Traffic Tickets – Demerit Points

The convicted drivers, for certain driving-related offences, have demerit points recorded on their records. Stay alert on a common misconception, that drivers lose points for certain traffic offences against their conviction. In fact, a driver begins with zero demerit points and demerit points are accumulates for his convictions. Demerit points stay on your record for two years from the offence date. If you collect enough points, you can lose your driver’s licence. Table below are the demerit point penalties for driving offences:

Driving Offences Demerit Points
  • Failing to remain at the scene of a collision
  • Failing to stop when signaled/requested by a police officer
7
  • Careless Driving
  • Racing
  • Exceeding the speed limit by 50 km/h or more
  • Failing to stop for a school bus
6
  • Driver of a bus failing to stop at an unprotected railway crossing
5
  • Exceeding the speed limit by 30 to 49 km/h
  • Following too closely
4
  • Exceeding the speed limit by 16 to 29 km/h
  • Driving through, around or under a railway crossing barrier
  • Failing to yield the right-of-way
  • Failing to obey a stop sign, traffic light or railway crossing signal
  • Failing to obey the directions of a police officer
  • Driving the wrong way on a divided road
  • Failing to report a collision to a police officer
  • Improper driving when road is divided into lanes
  • Crowding the driver’s seat
  • Going the wrong way on a one-way road
  • Driving or operating a vehicle on a closed road
  • Crossing a divided road where no proper crossing is provided
3
  • Improper opening of a vehicle door
  • Prohibited turns
  • Towing people – on toboggans, bicycles, skis, etc.
  • Failing to obey signs
  • Failing to stop at a pedestrian crossing
  • Failing to share the road
  • Improper right turn
  • Improper left turn
  • Failing to signal
  • Unnecessary slow driving
  • Reversing on a divided high-speed road
  • Driver failing to wear a seat belt
  • 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
2