Inquiry:  Today my husband and I were driving on a one way street. The roads themselves were not icy, but some of the intersections were. We got to a light, doing 40kms or less, and as we were nearing the intersection, the light turned yellow. My husband tried to stop, even pulling onto deeper snow to get some traction. He realized as we slid into the intersection that he was not going to be able to stop. By the time we would have been able to stop we would have been halfway or more through the intersection, so he decided it would probably be best to let off the brake and proceed the rest of the way through. As we went under the light I looked up and it went red. We were immediately pulled over and ticketed for failing to obey a red light! He agrees that we tried to stop and even said he seen us pull over into deeper snow in our failed attempt. When I asked him what he’d rather us done? If he thought that stopping halfway or more through and backing up through the intersection was a better idea. He told me yes, that that would have proved to him we were trying to stop. He also told us that he had no trouble stopping.

Response:  A Red Light Fail To Stop charge carries 3 demerit points.  Generally these charges can at least be reduced down to a lesser 0 demerit point charge.  We would have to review the disclosure notes before knowing whether or not there is a grounds to have the charge dropped.  If you would like to persue defending this charge, we can be reached via our toll-free number 1-866-801-8299.

Greg Currie
Office Manager (London)