“I feel the need—the need for speed,” declared Tom Cruise’s iconic character Maverick in Top Gun. Whether running late for an appointment or just in hurry to start the weekend—we’ve all felt that same need. While the impulse to speed may be universal, the truth is speeding is a major contributor to motor vehicle accidents in British Columbia.
To deter speeding, British Columbia imposed a series of laws for the purpose of slowing down traffic. There are several sections covering speeding in various situations. However regardless of which section you may have been cited under, the number of points resulting from a conviction speeding is three. While the point amount may be the same regardless of the type of speeding, the fine amount can vary according to the provision breached. This is something to keep in mind if you are going to be fighting a speeding ticket.
To show the variation in fines, here is a table that breaks down the fine amounts according to citation:
ICBC has instituted a number of changes to the insurance scheme that focuses on driver behavior. Starting September 1, 2019, frequent or serious convictions for driving offences can be factored into your premium costs. According to ICBC’s press release, a single conviction for excessive speed will result in an increase in premiums.
What that means is that if you’ve been charged with excessive speeding, you are at risk of not only paying a higher fine, but also of having your ICBC premium raised based on a single conviction.
If you need assistance fighting a speeding ticket, then contact Drysdale Bacon McStravick LLP’s experienced defence team at 604.939.8321.