Q&A - Does a Good Driving Record Count in Traffic Court?
Last week I received my first ticket in 41 years of driving. I had recently started driving taxi part time in Nanaimo. At the end of a 9 hr shift I dropped the taxi off and got into my own car. Five minutes later I went through a school zone without slowing down, having missed the school zone sign.
This was ironic because I had been slowing down for school zones all day but became complacent after finishing work.
A police officer stepped out from behind a tree, directed me to stop and issued me a speeding ticket.
My driving record has always been a source of pride to me in that I’d never had any kind of violation in my life. I’m now wondering if I went to court and asked for leniency, would a judge take my good driving record into account and either dismiss the case or reduce the fine or not put points on my license? Is this even possible?
If there’s no chance I guess I’ll just pay the fine suffer the points on my license and be done with it. I’m not sure what to do since, obviously, I’m new at this.