What To Do First
What should I say when pulled over?
- Say as little as possible.
- Answer leading questions like “Do you know why I pulled you over?” or “Do you know how fast you were going?” simply and carefully without admitting guilt.
What should I do when pulled over?
- Be courteous.
- Roll down your window all the way, turn off your engine, place your hands on the steering wheel, and, if it”s dark, turn on your interior light.
- Stay in your car unless asked to get out.
- Take note of exactly where the incident occurred as well as road & weather conditions as soon as possible after the police leave.
- Don”t reach for your license and registration until the officer asks you for them.
- Don’t admit guilt.
- Don’t be aggressive or hostile.
Can I make up an excuse to get out of my ticket?
Anyone can make up an excuse. Whether it is accepted or not is up to the officer.
It is never wise to lie to or mislead a police officer. If you never tell a mistruth, you never have to remember what you said.
By the same token, a lot of offences are classified as absolute liability, so an excuse is not a defence to the charge and therefore meaningless.
Does the officer need to show me the radar reading?
No, this is purely discretionary on the officer’s part. There is no legislation or case law on this issue.
If your ticket is NOT a parking ticket:
After receiving an Offence Notice (traffic violation ticket), you have three options:
- Plead guilty by paying the fine.
- Visit a court office to plead guilty but make submissions about the penalty (amount of fine or time to pay).
- Request a trial. Depending on what your traffic ticket says, you may need to either mail in your traffic ticket showing that you want a trial or you may need to visit a court office to file a request for trial.
If you do not choose one of the above options within 15 days of receiving the traffic violation ticket, or if you do not appear for your trial, a Justice of the Peace will review your case and may enter a conviction without you there.
If your ticket is a parking ticket:
You have two options:
- Voluntarily pay the fine.
- Challenge the ticket in court. Depending on what your ticket says, you may need to mail in your ticket or visit a location specified on the ticket, usually the local parking tags office.
What should I do after I have been involved in an accident?
- Make sure everyone is OK and call 911 if necessary.
- Do not admit responsibility for the collision.
- Provide and obtain in writing all relevant details such as the registered owner of the vehicle, insurance particulars, driver’s license details and names and addresses.
- Take photos, if possible. Cell phones are great for this. Make a brief diagram of the scene.
- Ascertain if there are any independent witnesses, in your favor.
- If you believe you may be at fault, do NOT give a statement to the police unless you have made it clear any statement is for the Motor Vehicle Collision Report Only and for no other purpose, and ensure this is included in the statement. Alternatively, politely decline to provide a statement.
- Make your own notes as to what happened and anything the other involved person said.