A traffic ticket is a notice issued by a law enforcement official to a motorist or other road user, accusing violation of traffic laws.
If the officer fails to attend, the court judge will often find in favour of the motorist and dismiss the charge, although sometimes the trial date is moved to give the officer another chance to attend.
In some provinces, officers are now paid time and a half to attend traffic proceedings.
In some jurisdictions, a traffic ticket constitutes a notice that a penalty, such as a fine or deduction of points, has been or will be assessed against the driver or owner of a vehicle; failure to pay generally leads to prosecution or to civil recovery proceedings for the fine.
In others, the ticket constitutes only a citation and summons to appear at traffic court, with a determination of guilt to be made only in court.
Some serious violations are considered criminal (such as Drinking and Driving) and are located under the Criminal Code of Canada.
Each province maintains a database of motorists, including their convicted traffic violations.Other officers issue a Vehicle Check report which lists out the violations noticed on the driver or on the vehicle.The notice would contain the relevant sections in which the driver is charged and also a date to appear in court.Upon being ticketed, a motorist has a chance to plead guilty, not guilty or guilty with an explanation.The motorist or their representative must attend the court for the town or city in which the violation took place to do so.Once this is done, a Court date is set for hearing before a Magistrate and the officer is notified.