Inquiry:  My husband was approaching a railway crossing that uses warning lights & barrier. As he approached the rail tracks he slowed down to look both ways to ensure it was safe to cross and to avoid possibly hitting the bottom of the car. After he crossed he noted a patrol car signalling him to pull over and at the same time he also noted that the warning lights & barrier was coming on to warn of an approaching train. As this street was a four lane street and another driver beside him had also crossed over at the same time he did he really didn’t understand why he was being stopped. The officer approached him and asked if he’d seen the ‘Red Light” flashing at which he stated that no he didn’t notice and was absolutely certain it wasn’t flashing during his crossing the tracks. The Officer stated he must have been distracted but my husband assured the Officer that he wasn’t that infact he slowed down to looked both ways along the tracks because he doesn’t completely rely on railway warnings when it comes to his safety and therefore he would have been aware of the red flashing light. He was fined $ 85.00 but is not sure what that would mean for demerits. Is this something should contest in court?

Response:  We would need more specific information to provide a useful response to your question.  If your husband is confident that the warning lights were not activated, then we may be able to have the charge dismissed at court.  I would recommend contacting one of our staff via our toll-free number 1-866-801-8299 to review the specifics of his charge in more detail.

Greg Currie
Office Manager (London)