Court: Officers can make minor changes to traffic tickets
The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that an officer who fixes minor mistakes after issuing a ticket does not affect its validity.
The ruling, which clarifies inconsistent lower court rulings, restores driving convictions against two motorists.
In the first case, a ticket given to a man for making an unsafe turn did not name the municipality where the offence occurred, so the officer filled in ``City of Vaughan'' before filing it with the court.
In the second case, a speeding ticket had the wrong year and the officer later corrected it.
The Appeal Court ruled that fixing minor mistakes is perfectly understandable, given the thousands of tickets issued every year.