Futility of Traffic Tickets and the Internet

The major­i­ty of traf­fic tick­ets giv­en in Toron­to are exer­cis­es in futil­i­ty and tax­a­tion.  Toron­to has made a name for itself as the city with the most speed traps in North Amer­i­ca.  The major­i­ty of these aren’t out to pro­tect the pub­lic: they’re fish­ing holes.

The inter­net does­n’t exist to inform.  In fact, as I’ve said, the inter­net is actu­al­ly real­ly poor at inform­ing on any top­ic that is pop­u­lar and the sub­ject of mak­ing mon­ey.  Take traf­fic tick­ets, for exam­ple.  Do that Google search.  That par­tic­u­lar search is for traf­fic tick­ets in Toron­to (Ontario, Cana­da).  There are no par­tic­u­lar­ly use­ful sites about fight­ing your traf­fic tick­et.  There are lots of com­pa­nies to (pos­si­bly) scam you.  There are teas­ing tid­bits of infor­ma­tion… just enough to make you think that some of them might have a clue between them… but oth­er­wise amaz­ing­ly infor­ma­tion free.

It’s also pret­ty obvi­ous that they copy each oth­er’s web sites with reg­u­lar­i­ty too — or maybe it is just one over­ar­ch­ing orga­ni­za­tion.  The police write the tick­ets, the retired police fight the tick­ets — either way they make money.

Well… you heard it hear first.  After hours of search­ing, I came across one site with good infor­ma­tion regard­ing fight­ing traf­fic tick­ets in Ontario.  The site not only cov­ers the legal bits you need to know, but it also cov­ers the chances of var­i­ous out­comes for each dif­fer­ent strat­e­gy.  It cov­ers facts like nei­ther the pros­e­cu­tor nor the judge are legal­ly trained.  It cov­ers how you do dis­cov­ery and how impor­tant that is.

I won’t say that the retired cops are not good at what they do.  There are a num­ber of orga­ni­za­tions that will fight traf­fic tick­ets for you in Toron­to.  I have hired one to fight one of my tick­ets and I will be fight­ing anoth­er by myself.  More updates on that as they come, I suppose.

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2 Responses to Futility of Traffic Tickets and the Internet

  1. DaD says:

    I’m just won­der­ing if your com­ment at the top of this arti­cle (or should this be referred to as a “post”?) real­ly means what it says it does, that speed traps are out there to pro­tect our short-and-curlys — or if you meant to insert an ‘l’ in that word.

    Also, I have to cite you for apos­tro­phe abuse in the word “it’s”. “It’s” (with the apos­tro­phe) is *nev­er* pos­ses­sive, but always a con­trac­tion for “it is”. The pos­ses­sive form is sim­ply spelled “its”. In one post a few days ago, you used the apos­trophised form twice in the same sen­tence — once cor­rect­ly, and once incorrectly!

    • dgilbert says:

      got it on the first one, but I only see one “it’s” in this post and it is regard­ing it is. “Post” or “Arti­cle” is fine. Most peo­ple seem to use “post.”

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