Q&A - Speeding Relative To Conditions
In mid July I was driving on a rural back road on Vancouver Island, heading into town to do a few personal errands. The vehicle I was driving was a 2008 Toyota Sienna van. On this particular day it was my second time driving the van, and I was still not used to the amount of steering input that was required to turn it, as I had been driving a Civic since I got my Learners License.
I had slowed down to cross very narrow bridge on a road with a speed limit of 50 km/h. As as I got of the bridge and drove up the road I had caught the wheels of the van in the ditch and drove myself off the road. I wasn't speeding I had just not given the vehicle enough steering input to restraighten the vehicle after the turn.
I drove off the road and crashed into the ditch, wrecking the front right side of the van. I had panicked because the airbag had went off and called to police asking for assistance.
When the police officer arrived he had asked what happened and said he didn't believe my case. I was incredibly nervous because I had never dealt with a police officer.
The officer in question decided to charge me with 144(1)(c) Speeding Relative To Conditions, which I believe if convicted would put three driving points against my license. I am set to appear in traffic court on April 1st to please not guilty of the offense.
My questions are as follows:
-Is there enough evidence to convict me of the offense? Nobody saw the crash take place and the officer had only done a quick visual inspection in order to determine if I was speeding. His main point was the tracks were quite long in the ditch before the van made impact into the rock.
-If I am unable to dispute my case, what are the chances I could lose my novice license. I live quite far away from major bus stops and if I don't have my license I would be unable to get to work and school (I am currently studying to be an Accountant.)
Any insight would be greatly appreciated.