I was driving to Calgary airport last weekend to fly back home to the UK after a two week holiday in Vancouver and the Rockies. I was pulled over by a police car which had originally been travelling in the opposite direction, but which crossed the median and then came up behind me with lights flashing, etc.
He told me I was doing 142Km in a 110Km area. I thought I was just going the same speed as everyone else, but obviously I had lost track of my speed.
Anyway, he gave me a violation ticket (pink) for the Province of Alberta. He said that tourists can no longer pay an on-the-spot fine like they used to. The authorities now insist that everyone is given a court date. He then said that as I'm not going to be in the country for my court date in September, I could basically ignore the summons if I wanted to. I asked if the court would charge the rental car company who would then charge my credit card, but he said no. He said nothing would happen, but that if I go back to Canada in the future (or maybe he just meant Alberta) I might have an outstanding fine.
I have visions of me going back on holiday in a couple of years and having a five hour delay at customs while they check me out, or something.
On the bottom of the ticket it says:
"This is a summons and you are required to appear in court, personally or by agent. The court may issue a warrant for the arrest of any person who fails to answer a summons."
Does anyone have any knowledge of what actually happens if I don't contact the court, or any other advice to offer me? I do intend to travel to Canada in the future.