What consequences will a Canadian speeding ticket have on a US resident?
August 19, 2014 3:13 PM Subscribe
I got clocked speeding in an area of Montreal with an 18 mph speed limit (that I didn't know about). I got a ticket and was sent on my way. As a US citizen and resident, I have questions about what impact (if any) this ticket will have on my license, insurance, and--if I choose not to pay the ticket--my ability to return to Canada. (Note: I am not seriously considering ignoring the ticket, I'm just curious.)
posted by yellowcandy to Travel & Transportation (4 answers total)
My questions are fourfold:
1) Will this ticket be reported back to my state and my insurance company? Related to this, will the ticket be a trigger for a rate increase, or do insurance companies only care about US moving violations that do not result in accidents?
2) Will the 'demerit points' associated with the ticket count as points against my US license?
3) If I pay the ticket (and by default, plead guilty), does that alter any of the above?
4) If I elect not to pay the ticket and ignore it, will it cause me problems in returning to Canada, even if I am not driving the same car and not using my driver's license to enter the country? It's probably relevant to note here that the police officer did not take my passport, just my US license.