Q&A - Passing on Single Solid Yellow Line
Q: I was driving down Pinetree Way in Coquitlam, BC, and had a slow driver in front of me, maybe driving about 25 to 30 km/h. After passing intersection of Tanager Court, I passed the slow car since there was no other traffic on both sides and safe to do so. The slow car turned out to be an unmarked police vehicle and I was stopped right away.
At the end he said "I wanted to turn left on Cardinal Court and the reason I didn't and we didn't bump to each other is that I saw you on my blind spot."
My questions are:
- Can we pass a slow driver who is driving less than speed limit, even if crossing a single solid yellow line, with extreme caution?
- If this officer wanted to turn left, he should have had his signal on. How should I know what he wanted to do on next intersection?
- The section 151(b) doesn't apply in my case since there were not two or more marked lanes for us travelling in the same direction.
I am a professional driver having been taxi driver for more than 10 years and have been driving instructor for more than two years. I know about speeds, lines, etc.
This incident was more like a trap, as he was looking for a subject to issue a ticket. In my opinion he should have been given a ticket for his slow driving on a single lane traffic.
Now I am going to dispute the ticket but wanted to make sure about my situation and rights before going to court.