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Unsafe Turn(s) Ontario

Fighting An unsafe turn ticket in Ontario?

There are many types of unsafe turn(s) charges in Ontario. Demerit points range from 2 without an accident, up to 6+ if an accident is involved. In some cases multiple charges may be laid, with fines starting at a minimum $110. These charges can also increase your insurance rates whether there was an accident or not.

Unsafe Turn Tickets:

  • Unsafe Left Turn
  • Unsafe Right Turn
  • Fail to Signal Lane Change
  • Fail to Signal Turn
  • Change Lane Not In Safety
  • Unsafe Move – Lane or Shoulder
  • Follow Too Closely
  • Turn Not In Safety
    – Entering or leaving a roading
    – Changing between lanes
    – In or out of a driveway or private road
    – At any intersection

As young drivers are taught, you should always check your mirrors and blindspots, use a signal and be aware of your surroundings at all times. However, as time goes on and drivers gain more experience they tend to not follow all the rules of the road as they should. Making a turn from a wrong lane or in a dangerous manner may result in an unsafe turn charge. Failing to indicate to other vehicles your next move, making a turn where prohibited and tailgating are also some examples of unsafe turn charges in Ontario.

car making a fast unsafe turn

Fighting an Unsafe Turn(s) Charge Ontario

As always we would plead not guilty to your unsafe turn charge and request a trial. After discussing the details with you and thoroughly reviewing the evidence we prepare for court.

Turning at intersections

141 (1) In this section, “centre line” means,

(a) in the case of a highway on which traffic is permitted to move in opposing directions, the marked line or median that divides traffic moving in opposing directions on the highway or, where there is no marked line or median, the centre of the roadway, and

(b) in the case of a highway designated for the use of one-way traffic, the left curb or edge of the roadway. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 141 (1).

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Right turn at intersection

(2) Where a driver or operator of a vehicle intends to turn to the right into an intersecting highway, he or she shall, where the highway on which he or she is driving has marked lanes for traffic, approach the intersection within the right-hand lane or, where it has no such marked lanes, by keeping immediately to the left of the right curb or edge of the roadway and he or she shall make the right turn by entering the right-hand lane of the intersecting highway where the lane is marked or, where no such lane is marked, by keeping immediately to the left of the right curb or edge of the roadway being entered. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 141 (2). Right turn, where multiple lanes (3) Despite subsection (2), where more than one lane of a highway has been designated as a right-turn lane, the driver or operator of a vehicle intending to turn to the right into an intersecting highway shall approach the intersection in one of the lanes and leave the intersection in the lane of the intersecting highway that corresponds to the lane from which the turn was commenced. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 141 (3).

woman making an unsafe turn in brown car

Right turn, where multiple lanes

(3) Despite subsection (2), where more than one lane of a highway has been designated as a right-turn lane, the driver or operator of a vehicle intending to turn to the right into an intersecting highway shall approach the intersection in one of the lanes and leave the intersection in the lane of the intersecting highway that corresponds to the lane from which the turn was commenced. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 141 (3).

Exception

(4) A driver of a road service vehicle entering an intersection within a lane other than one described in subsection (2) or (3) may make a right turn from the approach lane if the turn can be safely made. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 141 (4).

Left turn, across path of approaching vehicle

(5) No driver or operator of a vehicle in an intersection shall turn left across the path of a vehicle approaching from the opposite direction unless he or she has afforded a reasonable opportunity to the driver or operator of the approaching vehicle to avoid a collision. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 141 (5).

Left turn, at intersection

(6) Where a driver or operator of a vehicle intends to turn to the left into an intersecting highway, he or she shall, where the highway on which he or she is driving has marked lanes for traffic, approach the intersection within the left-hand lane provided for the use of traffic moving in the direction in which his or her vehicle is proceeding or, where it has no such marked lanes, by keeping immediately to the right of the centre line of the highway and he or she shall make the left turn by entering the intersection to the right of the centre line or its extension and by leaving the intersection in the left-hand lane provided for the use of traffic moving in the direction in which his or her vehicle is proceeding where the lane is marked or, where no such lane is marked, by passing immediately to the right of the centre line of the intersecting highway. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 141 (6).

Left turn, where multiple lanes

(7) Despite subsection (6), where more than one lane of a highway has been designated as a left-turn lane, the driver or operator of a vehicle intending to turn to the left into an intersecting highway shall approach the intersection in one of the lanes and leave the intersection in the lane of the intersecting highway that corresponds to the lane from which the turn was commenced. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 141 (7).

Exception

(8) A driver of a road service vehicle entering an intersection within a left-turn lane may leave the intersection without turning to the left if the movement can be safely made. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 141 (8).

U-turns prohibited

143 No driver or operator of a vehicle upon a highway shall turn the vehicle so as to proceed in the opposite direction when,

(a) upon a curve where traffic approaching the vehicle from either direction cannot be seen by the driver of the vehicle within a distance of 150 metres;

(b) on a railway crossing or within 30 metres of a railway crossing;

(c) upon an approach to or near the crest of a grade where the vehicle cannot be seen by the driver of another vehicle approaching from either direction within 150 metres; or

(d) within 150 metres of a bridge, viaduct or tunnel where the driver’s view is obstructed within such distance. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 143.

Demerit points across ontario

Did you know...

7 Points – Failing to Remain at Scene of Accident

7 Points – Driver failing to stop when signaled or requested to by a police officer

6 Points – Careless Driving

6 Points – Racing

6 Points – Failing to Stop for School Bus

6 Points – Exceeding Speed limit by 50 Kilometers per hour or more

5 Points – Driver of public vehicle or School Bus failing to stop at Railway Crossings

4 Points – Exceeding Speed limit by 30-49 Kilometers per hour

4 Points – Following too closely

3 Points – Exceeding Speed limit by 16-29 Kilometers per hour

3 Points – Driving through, around, or under Railway Crossing Barrier

3 Points – Failing to Yield Right of Way

3 Points – Failing to obey a stop sign, signal light or Railway Crossing Signal

3 Points – Failing to Obey directions of police constable

3 Points – Driving or operating a vehicle on a closed highway

3 Points – Failing to report an accident

3 Points – Improper passing

3 Points – Improper Driving where highway divided into lanes

3 Points – Crowding Driver’s Seat

3 Points – Drive Wrong Way – Divided Highway

3 Points – Cross Divided highway – No proper crossing provided

3 Points – Wrong Way in one way Street or Traffic

3 Points – Failing to slow down and proceed with caution when approaching stopped emergency vehicle

3 Points – Failing to move into another lane when approaching stopped emergency vehicle – if safe to do

2 Points – Backing on a highway

2 Points – Pedestrian Crossover

2 Points – Failing to share road

2 Points – Improper Right Turn

2 Points – Improper Left Turn

2 Points – Failing to Signal

2 Points – Unnecessary Slow Driving

2 Points – Failing to lower headlamp beam

2 Points – Improper opening of vehicle door

2 Points – Prohibited Turns

2 Points – Towing of persons on toboggans, bicycles, skis, etc. prohibited

2 Points – Failing to obey sign prescribed by regulation under subsection 182(1)

2 Points – Driver failing to wear complete Seatbelt assembly

2 Points – Driver failing to ensure passenger under 16 years wears complete seatbelt assembly

2 Points – Driver failing to ensure child passenger under 23 Kilograms occupies position with seatbelt

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