Q&A - Falling Asleep at the Wheel
Q: I recently dozed off while driving home from work at 1:00 in the afternoon after doing a few late night / early morning shifts. I drove off the road and struck a guardrail doing damage to the truck. RCMP attended and wrote me up for "driving without consideration." I was told it would be $196 fine.
I thought that was fair enough but later found out it was also 6 points as well. Question. It seems a little heavy handed of a penalty. I would have paid the fine but 6 points? I have disputed the ticket and am wondering if there is not another charge that would have been more suited to the situation.
There was not anyone else involved in the accident. Penalties are there to deter people from committing the same deliberate act again and again. Dozing off while driving is of course dangerous but not really deliberate.