This section takes a look at conviction, offence and suspension data related to motor vehicle use. Convictions are summarized by legislation and offence data by conviction type. A record of the total number of Administrative Driver Licence Suspensions issued is also included.
*Motor Vehicle Collision Claim / Compulsory Insurance Act
**Other includes Motorized Snow Vehicles Act, Off-Road Vehicles Act and Out of Province Exhange (HTA)
Section 7 - Conviction, offence and suspension data
|Highway Traffic Act||1,031,757|
|Regulations under the H.T.A||9,372|
|Criminal Code of Canada**||20,267|
|Motor Vehicle Collision Claim/Compulsory Insurance Act||57,510|
|Motorized Snow Vehicles Act||2,012|
|Off-Road Vehicles Act||1,005|
|Out of Province Exchange (HTA)||28,573|
* Includes manually recorded convictions.
** This figure does not include 436 convictions for young offenders under the Criminal Code.
*** In previous years a large portion of convictions under H.T.A. Regulations were allocated to convictions under Municipal By-Law.
|Seat Belt (Driver & Passenger)**||62,996|
|Other Non-Pointable Convictions ***||34,428|
|Other Pointable Convictions (2 - 4 pts)||125,836|
|Other Pointable Convictions (5 - 7 pts)||11,591|
|Driving While Suspended||9,624|
* Non-moving, weight, vehicle registration, licence renewal, etc.
** Failure to wear seat belt convictions registered against passengers over 16 are no longer included.
*** Now includes some out-of-province convictions.
|Fail to Remain at Collision||622|
|Driving While Disqualified||1,852|
* Does not include 436 convictions for young offenders.
** Includes some out-of-province convictions.
|Fail to Remain||661||546||436||238||217|
|Blood/Alcohol over .08||9,049||7,896||7,243||6,952||6,714|
|Fail to Provide Breath Sample||1,544||1,323||1,261||1,335||1,179|
|Driving While Disqualified||2,674||2,330||2,316||1,981||1,879|
* The same driver can be represented in this table more than once.
As of May 13, 2002, there were 13,956 Criminal Code offences recorded for 2001. The 2001 breakdown will be updated in the 2002 annual report to accommodate the lag time in the recording of offences (offences are only recorded upon conviction).
* Adminstrative Driver License Suspension (ADLS) began on November 29, 1996. The first complete month of suspensions shown in this table is, therefore, December 1996.
From August 5 to 15, 1997, ADLS suspensions were not issued due to cessation in ADLS.
Issuing of suspensions resumed on August 15, 1997.
See Appendix for details on the ADLS.
|Probationary||Demerit Point Suspensions|
|Novice FirsT Accumulation||Novice Second Accumulation||Regular First Accumulation||Regular Second Accumulation||Driver Age|
Since 1994, novice drivers have been under the Graduated Licensing System. These drivers are subject to escalating actions, from a warning letter at 2 to 5 demerit points, an interview at 6 to 8 points and a 60-day suspension for a first accumulation of 9 points. After a first suspension, the demerit points are reduced to 4. If a driver attains 9 points again, the subsequent suspension is 6 months. Drivers who have obtained a full Class G licence are suspended for 30 days on the first accumulation of 15 demerit points and are suspended for 6 months on the second accumulation of 15 points within 2 years.
Until 1994, newly licensed drivers were covered by the probationary licence system until they had successfully completed two one-year periods of suspension-free driving. Probationary drivers were suspended for 30 days after accumulating 6 or more demerit points. The probationary licensing system ended on March 31, 1994. Drivers were grandfathered into the new Graduated Licensing System.