Re: [EVDL] consequences of not having insurance?
Forgetting a criminal court date is like forgetting your own wedding.
The "appear in court" mainly means that you need to handle the situation
before that date, OR appear in court on that date. If you botch that
(which I have), you call the court, schedule a new date, show up for
sure -- and beg forgiveness and ask that the failure to appear (which is
a jail-time criminal act in and of itself) be set aside. It looks good
that you took the initiative. Ignoring it has the opposite effect - you
establish yourself as a flight risk, and that injures your ability to
get reasonable bail in the future.
Driving with no insurance is suicidally stupid. If you can afford an EV
conversion, you cannot afford the liability of hitting someone. Often
the other party will settle for your insurance cap rather than torture
you for a chance of an increment of money. If you don't have insurance,
there is no cap, and the complainant will come at you with a vengeance.
Even bankruptcy may not be available to you because the judgment would
be a product of your illegal and willful action.
Never mess with the eagle, as Don Lancaster says. Or the maple leaf.
[quote]Zeke Yewdall wrote:
> In Colorado you might have to appear in court -- a friend of mine forgot the
> court date, so they put warrant out for her arrest -- a few months later she
> got pulled over for a headlight out and spent the night in jail....
> On Fri, May 30, 2008 at 10:33 AM, acelectriccar <email@example.com>
>>> Message: 24
>>> Date: Thu, 29 May 2008 08:24:24 -0600
>>> From: "Dale Ulan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>>> Subject: Re: [EVDL] NO electric car in Ontario Canada.
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>> The FINE in Ontario is MANDATORY $5000.00 a judge can not wave
>> or reduce it. You half to pay $5000.00 to start.
>>> 10. Lastly, what are the consequences of not having insurance? In some
>>>>> states in the USA, the fine is basically a slap on the wrist.
>>> The fine here is somewhere around $2500, and if something goes wrong,
>>> you're on the hook for it, too. Interestingly enough, if you are in
>>> an accident while impaired (DUI, on speed, weed, whatever), your
>>> insurance is void. It is mandatory to be insured and prove it when
>>> you renew your tags, as well.
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