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Trusted Regina Lawyer gives us some advice about why you should consider fighting Traffic Tickets

MacKay & McLean provides the professional services of a large Regina law firm, with the intimate attention of a small firm. The legal process can be daunting and overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. MacKay & McLean is with you every step of the way.

MacKay &  McLean are TRUSTED REGINA LAWYERS

Should you fight your traffic ticket?

Here are some important points to consider when deciding if you should fight your traffic ticket.


Did you ever feel that when you received a traffic ticket you were already considered guilty?


If you were told you were cheating on an exam, would you simply accept it? 

If your bank told you that you’re being charged a fee because you overspent, when you didn’t – would you just “pay it?” 

Would you just accept being over charged at the grocery store and not say anything?

The average person’s experience with the police is nearly always with a traffic stop. Most of us are nervous with this singular encounter. The expectation is that you have been caught doing something against the law and the expectation is that you will just take the punishment of paying the fine.
Make no mistake Traffic Tickets are an industry and the only significant revenue source, besides taxes, for the court system. Most cities and towns with a police force place the amount expected from traffic tickets as part of its yearly budget. Conflict of interest bleeds through the entire system. 


Here are some of the many reasons why you should consider fighting your ticket:

  • Civic duty - government considers it a good source of extra revenue. Fighting them discourages over-use 
  • Just paying the ticket costs money
  • It will cost you more money when you renew your license
  • Tickets affect your driving record
  • To many tickets can effect whether you can drive, or not
  • It can affect your insurance premiums
  • Points against you licence can add up quickly but take a long time to disappear
  • Maybe you just want time to pay your ticket - fighting it often gives you more time
  • You might not actually be guilty of anything

How to Decide Whether to Fight or Fold
Before assuming the ticket can’t be beaten and resigning yourself to writing out that check, we encourage you to take a hard look at the facts to see if you have a reasonable chance of success. You may be surprised at the variety of legal grounds available for defeating your ticket. 


Here are some questions to determine whether going to court makes sense:

  • Was the officer’s view of what occurred ­obstructed by other moving vehicles or ­stationary objects like trees, fences, or ­buildings? If so, this allows you to argue that the ­officer could not have clearly seen the ­alleged offense and gives you an opening to sell your ­version of events to the judge.
  • Did the officer stop the right car? It is quite possible in heavy traffic for an officer to see a violation committed by one white minivan (a 1995 Plymouth Voyager, for example) and to stop ­another (an almost identical white 1994 Dodge Caravan) farther down the road. Your ability to claim this happened (“the officer got the wrong driver, Your Honor”) obviously goes way up if you can show that because of a curve in the road, construction project, or just heavy traffic, the ­officer lost sight of the offending vehicle ­between the violation and pulling you over.
  • Was there an actual, provable error in the officer’s approach or methodology? In citing you for speeding, did the ­officer correctly pace your vehicle or properly use radar, or laser to establish your speed?
  • Do any other legal defenses exist to the law you’re charged with ­violating? For ­example, if you were charged with driving too slowly in the left lane of a multi lane highway, it is a legal defense that you were planning to turn left.

For more questions and help with any legal issues consult with our Trusted Regina Lawyer Robert MacKay

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Trusted Regina welcomes it newest Trusted Partner Regina Battery Depot to the directory!

The Trusted Regina community are proud to welcome our newest Regina partner on the Trusted Regina directory Regina Battery Depot is your Trusted Regina battery store! 

You may know their sign but we want you to know how excellent it is inside this long-standing Regina battery business.

Regina Battery Depot is your Trusted Regina Battery Expert!  


You will find them listed under the Regina specialty retail category on the TrustedRegina directory or you can simply use our simple search tool and search ' BATTERY'. 

Why did we put them under specialty retail? Because they sell so much more than just Automotive batteries!

After four decades of energizing the rapidly evolving world of electronics, one thing has always stayed the same about the Regina Battery Depot: they are able to provide almost any type of battery a customer can imagine; from automotive to commercial, from hearing aids to digital cameras, from alkaline to rechargeable, they carry a battery for virtually anything. If they do not carry the battery, or they can’t rebuild it, they will do their best to source it for their customer. 

When putting them through the Trusted Regina verification process we quickly found out how great their service is. We personally telephone survey many of the applicant's past customers and in this case, every one of the people we spoke to gave them 10/10!!  

Here is what some of their customers had to say to our local team:

"Love these guys! Always have a battery for whatever I need - whether it is a remote starter for my vehicle or a watch battery.  They even take out the old battery, test it, then put in the new one. My place to go for all my battery needs." Pauline Relkey


"Their Customer Service is outstanding will be a customer for a long time" Gary Winslow.

Not sure 25+ people is enough? Check out their 80 Google reviews or the many others around the web...such as their customer below... 

"I went on what was probably the busiest day in years. -40 temps killed tons of batteries including my own. It was lined up right to the door 4 or 5 wide... it was like a black Friday sale at visions there was so many people. But I didn't have to wait too long and you can bet they had my battery" Marcus


The Regina Battery Depot has literally decades of helping the people of Regina and surrounding area!  Originally opened in March of 1971 in a small shop on Winnipeg Street. The business has remained on Winnipeg Street since then, but not always in the same location. In 1974 they moved down the block and in 1991, they moved again to their current location, right across the street.  

To find out more about them and their products check them out Regina Battery Depot is your Trusted Regina Battery Expert!  



Our Trusted Regina Auto Body Repair professionals at MAACO Regina tell us why Certifications matter.

When you’re trying to find an auto body shop, comparing pricing alone is tough. You may end up with a bunch of estimates that are all completely different. How do you tell what you’re getting for your money? How do you choose the best auto body shop? One of the biggest things you should consider is their certifications.   You want to make sure whoever works on your vehicle is properly qualified and trained. Certifications are one way to make sure both the collision repair shop and the repair technician you choose have been trained in the most current repair techniques and technologies available.

Maaco Regina has gone to great lengths to ensure they are Certified in many ways.  In addition to having been given the thumbs up by Trusted Regina.  Here is a list of their certifications and some descriptions to explain why they are important and what they mean to you. 



I-CAR Gold Class Certification is a independent third-party certification process that is quite literally the gold standard for collision repair. That means this Center is extensively trained in the latest tools and technologies of the trade.  I-CAR (The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing those in the collision repair industry with the knowledge and skills to achieve a complete and safe repair. Shops who achieve I-CAR’s highest level of training are designated as I-CAR Gold Class Professionals, considered the highest level of training in the industry.

All ProFirst Certified shops are validated for their skill and expertise, commitment to a complete, proper and safe repair, to ongoing industry education, and to customer satisfaction. Each shop is validated annually by an independent third party to help ensure a high standard of repair quality. Honda is committed to providing safety for everyone, in the way Honda and Acura cars are built, and in the way they are repaired after a collision. 


The Ford National Body Shop Network program was created to promote Certified dealership and independent collision repair providers to Ford vehicle owners and insurers.  The program will ensure that Ford vehicle owners can choose a Certified collision repair provider to return their vehicle to OEM specifications, and ensure the vehicle's fit, finish, durability, functionality, value, and safety are preserved.  This is particularly important based upon the increasingly complex vehicle design and repair requirements of Ford vehicles.


This new program allows dealers and independent collision repair facilities to meet the qualifications necessary to be certified by FCA Canada as a collision repair facility of choice for its vehicle owners. According to Certified Collision Care, the program will ensure that FCA Canada vehicle owners can choose a certified collision repair provider, that has the proper tools, equipment, training and facility required to repair their vehicle to OEM specifications and ensure the vehicle's fit, finish, durability, functionality, value, and safety are preserved.




Assured Performance has launched the Canadian Certified Collision Care Program. This program provides complete national coverage of Certified repair providers - best in class businesses that have met or exceeded the advanced technical requirements to become officially Certified. With Canadian management and an inspector team that is trained, tested and trusted covering Canada, Certified Collision Care is rapidly expanding, providing critical benefits to the Canadian market.


Our Maaco Certified Centres are the "best of the best." These Centres are distinguished for their quality of work in both auto painting and body repairs. Certified Centres have to pass a rigorous certification process annually that is a comprehensive review of their business and repair services.


All accredited repairers are required to meet or exceed the highest levels of equipment, certification and training and must warranty the repair for a minimum of 1 year. There are 4 levels of accreditation for SGI-approved repair shops: Elite*** - Top level of recognition, exceeding SGI’s requirements for certification. Can perform vehicle damage estimates on eligible claims.



If you are looking for a qualified Auto Body shop that is locally owned Maaco Regina. They are a Trusted Regina Auto Body Shop.

Need to book your car in?  Contact MAACO Regina today!

Confused about what type of oil to use in your vehicle? Our Trusted Regina partner shares some insight.

What type of oil should I use? Conventional, Synthetic, or a Blend?


There are differences between the types of motor oil available to consumers.  Here we try to provide information that will help you make a choice for your vehicle.


We offer a choice of synthetic blend (semi-synthetic), conventional and synthetic oils


What is the difference between regular and synthetic oil? 


Regular motor oil, also called “conventional” oil, is a mineral grade oil derived from crude liquid oil from the ground.  It is created by a refining process.


Synthetic motor oil is also refined from crude oil from the ground.  However it is processed further than conventional oil is.  Synthetic oil is distilled, purified and broken down into its basic molecules. This process not only removes more impurities from the crude oil but also enables individual molecules in the oil to be tailored to the demands of modern engines.


Some customers choose full synthetic oil for their vehicle


What are the advantages or benefits of using synthetic oil?

A synthetic lubricant contains more highly refined base oils than those used in conventional mineral oils, offering you superior protection and performance. Synthetic engine oils provide a variety of benefits that keep your engine running at optimal performance for years.

Here are some of the benefits of using synthetic oil:

Synthetic lubricants protect better at any temperature. In the summer, your engine will stay cooler and therefore use less fuel. In the winter, the engine receives lubrication sooner than with mineral grade oil.  At any temperature, when an engine is first started, a mineral oil takes some time to circulate, allowing friction between non-lubricated parts to cause wear.  In contrast, a synthetic lubricant starts circulating straight away, protecting every moving part within the engine. This results in less metal-to-metal contact and thus extends the life of the engine.

Synthetic oil keeps your engine cleaner. As oil circulates through your engine it can pick up deposits. Over time, conventional oils can sometimes form sludge, which can reduce your engine's efficiency and, ultimately, reduce the life of your engine.  Sludge deposits can turn into varnish (sludge deposits that have hardened and coat internal surfaces) over time, thus synthetic oil helps protect against varnish as well.

Use of synthetic oil helps to cut engine emissions when compared to conventional mineral oils.  This makes them more environmentally friendly compared to regular oil. Conventional mineral oils contain greater amounts of impurities, such as sulphur, reactive and unstable hydrocarbons, and other undesirable contaminants that cannot be completely removed by conventional refining of crude oil.

Synthetic oils can also significantly improve fuel economy and efficiency. During the warm-up period of a typical truck journey, mineral oils are thicker and move more slowly, making the engine thirstier and less efficient. Synthetics, however, get to work much more quickly, so the engine reaches peak operating efficiency that much sooner.


What about synthetic blend oil?


Synthetic blend oil is part synthetic oil and part conventional oil.  It was created to counter the high price of pure synthetic oil, and imparts some of the benefits of synthetics into conventional oil, but at a lower price. The downside is that your vehicle won't reap the benefits of a fully synthetic product.


A blended (semi-synthetic) oil is another choice that customers may make.


What are the benefits of synthetic blend oil? 


An analysis of the differences between synthetic, synthetic blends and conventional oil by Valvoline, suggest that SOME of their blends (not all) offer benefits that approach that of a full synthetic in the areas of protection, cleanliness & horsepower, and other areas.  Some provide anti-wear protection and better cold start protection that conventional oil.  Some help minimize sludge and prevent deposit formation.  Some are better designed for today's most advanced engines, and some contain special seal conditioners that rejuvenate engine seals to help prevent leaks.  These advantages do not apply to all blends equally. This all means that if you choose to use a synthetic blend oil, you should choose which one to use carefully according to what benefits you are looking for.

According to Valvoline’s information, if you are looking for an oil to provide help maintain fuel efficiency for the life of the oil, or provide excellent protection in extreme hot and cold temperatures, you should look at a FULL synthetic.

For more detailed information, refer to the easy-to-read motor oil comparison chart found on the Valvoline website.