Trashing a speeding ticket doesn't make it go away: RCMP
If you’re caught throwing your speeding ticket out your car window, it could cost you $174 for littering, Manitoba RCMP warned in a Twitter video. (Manitoba RCMP/Twitter)
Jeremiah Rodriguez, CTVNews.ca
Published Wednesday, January 23, 2019 2:26PM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, January 23, 2019 5:50PM EST
No matter how much people complain, once an officer writes you up for a speeding ticket, you have to pay it -- no matter what you do with the ticket itself.
On Tuesday, Manitoba RCMP showed dash cam video of a female driver crumpling up their speeding ticket and throwing it out their window -- all in front of the RCMP officer who issued it.
The RCMP’s Twitter post warned drivers if they’re caught throwing garbage, or a ticket in this case, out their car window, it could cost them $174 for littering under the Highway Traffic Act.
In all his 17 years of traffic policing, RCMP Sgt. Kyle McFadyen said it’s pretty rare to see a person chucking their speeding ticket out of their window in front of the issuing officer.
“Not everybody is happy to get a ticket, that’s clear. But most people accept responsibility for their actions and that’s what we like to see, “ he told CTVNews.ca in a phone interview.
“Most people have the restraint to not do it,” he chuckled.
The incident involving a 30-year-old woman happened back on Dec. 12, 2018. But because McFadyen wasn’t the officer who pulled the motorist over, he wasn’t sure if she was then given a warning or if they ended up actually receiving a littering ticket.
But even if she had thrown out the ticket at home, McFadyen warned that it wouldn’t have absolved her of the ticket’s penalty.
“All they’re doing is putting themselves at a disadvantage because when they’ll have to deal with it, they’ll have to manually search it up,” he explained. “It inconveniences the person because the charges carry on, regardless of what they do with it.”
To make matters worse, a discarded ticket has a driver’s personal information, like their licence plate number.
Manitoba outlines the specific fine amounts in an online guide, including violations against the province’s Highway Traffic Act.
But littering fines vary depending on what province or specific area the ticket is issued.
For example, littering fines in Newfoundland and Labrador can range from $125 up to $600 for anyone caught throwing out garbage on highways. In British Columbia, littering on the highway could cost either $45 or $81.
DYK? If you throw your speeding ticket out the window, you can also be fined an additional $174 for littering under the Highway Traffic Act? Please slow down & drive safe. If you have questions about your ticket, please speak to the officer. #rcmpmb #TrafficTues #noexcuses pic.twitter.com/z8HM192Fm8— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) January 23, 2019