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What Does a Traffic Cop Do?

Traffic CopCorrect me if I'm wrong, but I think that most people see a traffic cop as someone who writes speeding tickets and fills out collision reports. This is a very narrow view of the job but I did not realize just how narrow it was until I participated in a project to define my job as a front line RCMP traffic constable.

CASE LAW - R v Schurman

BC Courts Coat of ArmsJagger Ross Schurman was stopped by police in Vancouver for a number of violations while he was driving his mother's car. "He was under the impression that he would be principally fined but that the tickets would not go on his driving record. He also indicated that he was led into an erroneous understanding about the effect of pleading guilty with respect to the accumulation of points against his driver's licence by the attending officer's roadside statements."

Measuring Vehicle Speed with Radar

RadarDespite the fact that it is older technology, radar is still frequently used by police to measure vehicle speeds today. When used properly, it is an accurate method of determining how fast a vehicle is traveling. The courts also accept qualified radar evidence of speed during a trial as commonplace.

Spring Distracted Driving Campaign

No Phone#EyesFwdBC! It's distracted driving campaign time. ICBC tells us that distracted driving is responsible for 26% of collision fatalities in B.C. each year. On average, 76 people die each year in a crash where distracted driving is a contributing factor.

Let's Block the Road!

When I was posted in the Okanagan in the 1990s I was answering phones in the detachment dispatch office. A caller from Summerland asked what would happen if he decided to take his protest sign down to the highway and conduct his own personal blockade. He expressed the opinion that if he did that the police would arrive quickly and if he did not move he would be removed.

CASE LAW - Burroughs v Chiasson

BC Courts Coat of ArmsMelissa Burroughs, an RCMP officer, was driving a marked police car westbound on First Avenue in the curb lane at Young Road in Chilliwack, B.C. She observed a truck pulling an uninsured trailer and attempted to pursue it by making a left turn onto Young. Jennifer Chiasson was driving eastbound on First Avenue and collided with the police vehicle in the intersection.

Reporting Commercial Transport Traffic Violations

TelephoneA commuter asked "I would really like to see the article written about what to do when we see a commercial transport vehicle that is driving in an unsafe manner. You gave us a phone number to call that specifically relates to tractor trailers, and who to call when we witness a driving infraction. I see it on a regular basis and most of the times the trucks are unmarked."

NEWS - New Standard for Police Stops

New BC LogoSlated to take effect in January 2020, BC's Director of Police Services, Brenda Butterworth-Carr, has released new standards aimed at promoting unbiased policing.

Speed from Skidmarks

skidmarksTire marks left on the pavement at a collision scene tell the investigator many things about the events involved in a motor vehicle collision. One common example involves using the length of the mark to calculate pre-collision speed. It was often an interesting exercise that could either verify or call into question information given by witnesses and drivers.

Patrolling Intersections

Highway IntersectionI've been asked to comment on why intersections are not patrolled as often as highways. The person making that request observed that there is a significant propensity for drivers to run yellow and red lights. It appears to them that intersections pose a much greater and possibly deadlier risk than speeding on a straight stretch of highway.

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