Driving Offences

There are many different types of driving offences.  Driving offences are dealt with by the Ontario Court of Justice, Criminal Court or the Ontario Court of Justice, Provincial Offences Court, depending on the type of offence.

The Part I offence notice, sometimes referred to as a "ticket", is to be used in cases where the relevant statute limits the maximum penalty to a fine not exceeding $500.00 and a jail sentence cannot be imposed.

The Part I offence noticed is designed to be used for contraventions all the Provincial Statutes including:

  • The Highway Traffic Act,
  • The Liquor License Act,
  • Trespass to Property Act etc.

The Part III summons is designed to be used in all cases where the relevant statute provides for maximum penalty in excess of $500.00 fine and permits a jail sentence to be imposed.  Part III offence notice matters are usually dealt with by the Provincial Offences Court.

Some of the Driving Offences that would be dealt with by the Ontario Court of Justice, Criminal Court are:

  • Drive while disqualified, (Criminal)
  • Impaired Operation of a motor Vehicle
  • Impaired Care and Control of a Motor vehicle
  • Refusing to Provide a Breath Sample

Fines and/or jail sentences will vary depending on each individual case.

Got a Ticket?

A brief note about Traffic Enforcement in Peel Region

At the Peel Regional Police traffic enforcement is an operational priority. Based on the 2003 Environmental Scan results it seems most people would agree. Aggressive driving was ranked as the top concern of citizens when asked what they believed was the most serious community problem in this Region.

Receiving a traffic ticket can be a somewhat unpleasant experience. Nobody likes to be told that they have done something wrong. Remember that the police officer is merely doing their job in enforcing the law and trying to keep our roads safe.

If you receive a ticket it will be one of two types as described below. Click on the images to learn more about the process to follow for either paying or fighting a ticket.

An Offence Notice

A Summons to Defendant

sample offence notice

sample summons to defendant