Courts in conflict with new Family Day holiday
Hundreds of minor traffic charges have been tossed out due to a court scheduling conflict with the new Family Day holiday, the Toronto Star has learned.
Premier Dalton McGuinty’s post-election haste in implementing the annual statutory holiday has forced municipalities to drop cases that were slated to go to trial on Feb. 18.
In Toronto alone, almost 1,100 charges that would have been heard in courts that day have been thrown out, the City of Toronto’s Brad Ross said yesterday.
That will cost the municipality $50,000 in lost revenue from fines.
"We reviewed just over 1,500 charges and it was determined that just under 1,100 charges will be withdrawn. The kind of charges we won’t be pursuing include 159 parking tickets, minor speeding tickets, road sign infractions and minor bylaw infractions," said Ross.
"However, we will be proceeding with those that are more serious in nature, like tickets where someone exceeded the speed limit by 31 km/h or more, careless driving, and disobeying a stop sign."
Ross said about 480 such cases would be rescheduled for other court dates.