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Show Me the Radar Reading

Radar"I want to see the radar reading!" This was always a signal to me that the traffic stop was going to be a difficult one. The demand for a print out of the radar reading was a similar request. Depending on the tone of voice, it was often simpler to refuse outright and explain later on in traffic court, letting the justice be the referee.

How to Identify the Driver

Ticket WriterLast week I explained to you that the police only require the license plate number of the offending vehicle in order to investigate your driving complaint. Of course, any information that you can provide in addition to this is a bonus and makes your complaint that much more credible. However, it is not necessary to be able to pick the driver out of a lineup or be able to tell the officer who they are.

The Complainant is Dissatisfied

Ticket WriterIf a person is not satisfied with the response of the local police to a driving complaint, what is the next step? I know for a fact my wife and I had the offending vehicle, driver's description and B.C. license number correct. After reporting this incident I received a call from a constable telling me that the plate number I gave them was registered to a Hyundai and not the Pontiac I reported. They told me there was nothing else they could do.

RESOURCE - Check For Stolen Vehicles

CPIC LogoHave you ever wondered if a vehicle was stolen but didn't want to call the police to find out? Now you can use the same search tool that the police do with your own home computer and internet connection! Simply visit the Canadian Police Information Center (CPIC) web site and search for stolen vehicles by VIN. If the vehicle is in the CPIC database as stolen you'll know.

Making a Driving Complaint to Police

TelephoneDo you ever find yourself wishing that the police were there when another driver does something dangerous around you in traffic? Should you just carry on or is it worth becoming involved?

Stopping for Police

Police CarJudging by the result, it may be a significant event in many driver's lives to be pulled over by the police. I've seen everything from jamming on the brakes and stopping in the middle of the lane to following oblivious drivers for many kilometers before they caught sight of my emergency lights.

Good Cop, Bad Cop!

Good Cop, Bad CopI want you to focus your energies on the reckless behaviour of many police officers. I realize that not all of them behave this way but it is a significant number of them. Many of them don't seem to respect the traffic laws. Where do they get this attitude from?

Military Police Powers

Military Police FlashWhat powers do military police have to enforce traffic laws?

Every once in a while someone asks me a question that I am just not prepared for. This is one of them, so I went directly to the experts and consulted the Military Police at CFB Comox.

Police Powers

Police OfficerIf you are stopped by the police, just what is it that the officer is entitled to do? This is a simple enough question, and one that I'm not sure that many drivers and their passengers have stopped to consider. Now that we have the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, does a driver have to do anything at all?

Speeding and Aggressive Driving

Angry DriverHave you heard the following slogans in the last few weeks? "Breathe - Tailigating won't help. Give yourself time and space to react. Keep your distance." and "Chill. So you're running behind. Better to arrive late than not at all. Please slow down."

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