Q&A - Ticketed for Slow Driving
I just got home from my week of driving and today I received a ticket for "Slow Driving" which I don't understand or agree with.
I was travelling back from Creston and had made it all the way through Castlegar and up the east side of the Paulson Pass and had stopped at the brake check to make sure all was okay for the steep drop towards Christina Lake. The recommended speed for trucks is 40 km/h I started down the hill at about that speed and within a couple minutes a couple of cars appeared with the first one being a marked RCMP car. I couldn't so anything as the hill was steep and I had a FULL load of almost max weight.
By the time I got to the Paulson bridge there were a few more vehicles, I went across the bridge and sped up a bit as the hill isn't quite as steep. I knew i was within a minute of a very long passing lane and all the cars could go around me. I started down the next section when the RCMP car but his lights on. I really didn't have anywhere to pull over but I did the best i could hugging the side of the road and giving the cars barely enough room to pass. He really hadn't put me in a good situation. The officer had to walk up the right side of the truck and I had to roll my passenger window down to talk to him.
He informed me he had stopped me because I was travelling to slow and hadn't pulled over.
The hill is 8-10% is spots, I was doing the speed that was recommended as well as the speed the truck was capable of doing SAFELY.
The first couple of pullouts where covered with snow and the one he told me I should have used didn't look big enough to safely pull a truck over and safely have the cars go by me and not become a risk of on coming cars.
I just feel I was given a ticket for not doing something dangerous. By speeding up I could easily "fry" my brakes or risk having the truck get away from me and into a runaway situation. I have seen thins happen to trucks and never want to be in that situation.
My #1 priority is safety and I think I was put in a situation that wasn't safe, it isn't as easy to pull over in a big truck. Some peple spend up to $5000 to properly learn how to drive in the mountain and I take pride in never smoking my brakes .
Anyway, I was given a ticket which I will dispute and trying not to point fingers here but it just seemed like the RCMP officer actually got impatient and used the power he had to deal with it. That is my opinion of course.
I was hoping you had some advice or help you could offer.