You’re on the Ski-To-Sky Highway heading up to Whistler after a four-stop (!!!) flight from Kenora, but you don’t even care because the GPS says you’ll be there in 49 minutes, which seems like a lot so you push the pedal just a little bit until it’s 48 minutes. A bit more…47… 46…
You got a ticket in another province.
You smile nicely, take your ticket and get on your way. And then, if you’re smart, you go online and pay your fine as soon as you can.
But why? Are they really going to cross the country to come after you?
But they may send your file to CRA for collections, which will come out of your tax refund next year (with interest).
The negative effect on your credit rating from being sent to collections, and the additional interest you’d have to pay on money you borrow for two years following, will far out-value the cost of the ticket.
And depending on what jurisdiction you were pulled over in, the police (or sheriff) may send your file to a private collection agency, which can be a whole other set of problems you don’t need.
So just pay it.
Can you get demerit points for an out-of-province ticket?
As far as the Ontario Ministry of Transportation is concerned, an out-of-province ticket carries the same weight as an in-province ticket vis-à-vis demerit points.
Also, criminal vehicular offences committed in other provinces (including dangerous driving, DUI, failure to remain at the scene of a collision and others) will result in a suspended licence in Ontario.
Can you fight an out-of-province ticket?
Sure. But you’ll have to return to the province you were ticketed in to appear in local court. Depending on where you live and how far you have to go, it might not be worth the cost or your time.
It’s important to note that tickets — like convictions for speeding — can affect your car insurance premium. So no matter where you are, be sure to know the rules of the road, and abide by them.