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Appendix F. Demerit points

Note: This only applies in Ontario, Canada. The laws may be different in other provinces and in the U.S.
  • Failure to remain at scene of an accident
7 points
  • Careless driving
  • Racing
  • Exceeding speed limit by 50 km/h or more
  • Failing to stop for school bus
6 points
  • Driver of bus failing to stop at unprotected railway crossings
5 points
  • Exceeding speed limit by 30 to 49 km/h
  • Following too closely
4 points
  • Exceeding speed limit by 16 to 29 km/h
  • Driving through, around or under railway crossing barrier
  • Failing to yield right-of-way
  • Failing to obey a stop sign, traffic signal or railway crossing signal
  • Failing to obey directions of police officer
  • Drive wrong way on a divided highway
  • Failing to report an accident to a police officer
  • Improper driving where highway divided into lanes
  • Crowding driver's seat
  • Wrong way on one-way street or highway
  • Driving or operating a vehicle on a closed highway
  • Cross divided highway where no proper crossing provided
3 points
  • Failing to lower headlamp beam
  • Improper opening of vehicle door
  • Prohibited turns
  • Towing of persons on toboggans, bicycles, skis, etc. prohibited
  • Failing to obey prescribed signs
  • Pedestrian crossover
  • Failing to share road
  • Improper right/left turn
  • Failing to signal
  • Unnecessary slow driving
  • Backing on a highway
2 points

For fully licensed drivers:
When you have accumulated at least 6 demerit points on your license, you will receive a letter from the Ministry of Transportation, urging you to improve your driving habits. When you reach 9 points, you will be required to attend an interview with the ministry. If in the interview you cannot offer a reason why your license shouldn't be suspended, your license will be suspended. When you reach 15 points, your license will be suspended. The suspension period is 30 days for the first time, or 6 months subsequent times within a 2 year period.

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