However, after 18 months and 3 trial dates and 5 days of missed work, and trying to remember the details of such a minor matter for that length of time, this court infers that the prejudice to the accused now far outweighs the benefit to society to continue with this prosecution of a $138 speeding ticket. I find that the accused’s right under s.11(b) of the Charter to a trial within a reasonable time has been breached.
 Pursuant to s. 24(1) of the Charter, I direct a judicial stay of proceedings on this Violation Ticket.
 I again echo the obiter of our Court of Appeal in the McHardy case where Huddart, J.A. was troubled by a nine month delay in having a traffic ticket matter heard. The difficulty with speeding tickets is the procedural process involves the first appearance also being the trial date. No doubt that is in an effort to try and expedite the hearing of those matters, yet it seems to be having the opposite result. Such a system of having the trial date also be the first appearance date would work well if the first appearance date was much earlier than ten months from the alleged offence date. Even simple criminal matters would never have a first appearance date ten months after an alleged offence date, yet for these less complex non-criminal ticket matters, the first appearance seems to often be nine or ten months after the alleged infraction. If trials proceed at that first appearance, then it would be unlikely for any unreasonable delay arguments to be successful. If the matter gets adjourned, there would still be a reasonable amount of time for the trial to be heard at a later date as long as the first appearance/trial date was set within a few months of the alleged offence date. However, when that first appearance/trial date is nine or ten months after the alleged offence date, then if an adjournment of the trial is required for some reason not related to a waiver of time by the defendant, then potential legitimate delay arguments emerge, and end up taking even more of a delay as the courts sort out the delay arguments on a case by case basis. I have added these comments with a hope that the state can look at making sure that the resources are in place for the first appearance/trial dates to be set within three to five months of the alleged offence dates, so that they can all be completed within a reasonable amount of time.