Failing to remain at the scene of an accident is one of the most serious charges in the Ontario Highway Traffic Act (section 200).
When you are involved in an accident, or are a witness at the scene of an accident, you are required to provide anyone involved with:
- Your name and address
- Driver’s licence number and jurisdiction (the province it was issued in)
- Name and address of the registered owner of the vehicle
- Permit number
Refusing to provide this information can lead you to being charged with failing to remain.
Penalties for Failing to Remain
- Minimum fine of $400, maximum $2000
- Seven demerit points
- Possible suspension of your driver’s licence for a maximum of two years
- Possible jail sentence of up to six months
Being convicted of failing to remain will leave a mark on your driver’s abstract for three years. Due to the seriousness of this charge, if you are able to find a company that will insure you again, your rates could be thousands of dollars more per year.