Inquiry: I got a ticket tonight for Amber light-fail to stop contrary to 177A. I believe the speed limit was 60km/h suggested (off-ramp from Gardiner expwy. onto Kipling ave), and my judgment told me that it was unsafe to slam on the brakes to make the stop, so I continued through. I am positive the light was amber when I entered the intersection (at which I turned left). The officer told me I ran a red light and I replied that the light was yellow when I entered the intersection. When he brought the ticket back he said he would give me “the benefit of the doubt,” hence the charge for Amber. He spelled Gardiner incorrectly (he wrote Gardener) on the ticket. I was not at a position where I could go back and check, but am pretty sure there is no clear marking for where the intersection ends (“T” intersection, not 4-way).

Response:  The incorrect spelling is not likely to be a fatal issue to the Prosecutor’s case, but it is something that we do want to be aware of.  The amber light charge will likely be a 3 demerit point offence, and if so, could likely get argued down to a 0 demerit point lesser offence.  The section number that you provided doesn’t appear correct.  I would recommend speaking with one of our staff via our toll-free number 1-866-801-8299.

Greg Currie
Office Manager (London)