UNDERSTANDING YOUR CHARGE
If you have received a unsafe turn ticket, then you have been charged under section 142 of the Highway Traffic Act.
(1) that you were driving and;
(2a) that you made a UNSAFE right or left turn at any intersection or into a private road or driveway OR
Review your disclosure and also think about the following:
- If the elements of the offence mentioned above can be proven;
- Are there any details about the encounter that you remember, that the police officer did not write down?;
- Is there anything that the police officer wrote down, but you do not remember?;
- Is there anything missing or unclear, that could be clarified with additional disclosure?;
- The location of where the police officer alleges he observed you making an unsafe turn;
- The lane the police officer said you were in;
- If there is a mention of road and weather conditions (i.e. clear or rainy or sunny/dry or wet roads);
- If there is a mention of traffic conditions (i.e. busy or heavy traffic, light traffic);
- Where the police officer was located when they saw you (i.e. what side of the road?);
- Is there an admission from you written in the police officer's notes that you made an unsafe turn? (i.e. the police officer wrote down that you told him/her you made an unsafe turn);
- Think about the day you were pulled over. Are there any important details that you think the police officer missed in his/her notes?
- How detailed are the police officer's notes? (the more detail, the more convincing the police officer will likely sound at trial);
- Check to see what method the police officer used to clock your speed.