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Investigating Driving Complaints

Ticket Writer"The officer wasn't even there! How can they issue a ticket to me based only on the word of the other driver?" A question similar to this one is posed to me fairly often and people seem to be completely surprised that something like this could happen. It's possible, but the procedure is not that simple.

Q&A - Police Powers to Stop a Driver from Driving

Q&A ImageI was wondering when police have the power or ability to take or suspend a driver's licence or impound their vehicle.

Essentially, what are police powers to immediately prevent a driver from driving after a traffic stop?

Q&A - Ticket Issued by Officer With No Knowledge of Incident

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Traffic Enforcement Supervisor for a Day

Ticket WriterI had stopped a speeding driver and was serving a copy of the violation ticket to her when I noticed a pickup truck pull in behind my police vehicle. When the ticket recipient pulled away the male driver exited his pickup and approached me. "You can't write speeding tickets here." he stated.

CASE LAW - Provost v Bolton

BC Courts Coat of ArmsOn April 24, 2012 an employee of Dueck Downtown Chevrolet Buick GMC Limited left a pickup truck unlocked, unattended and idling with the keys in the ignition outside one of the dealership's detailing bays. It was stolen by David Bolton.

Q&A - Police Refuse to Make Speed Enforcement Patrols

Q&A ImageHi, I am a concerned citizen and home owner that lives on Blind Bay Road in the South Shuswap.

Improperly Modified and Defective Vehicles

ClunkerProblems with vehicles can range from overdue maintenance to modifications that may be described as fashion over function. Responsibility for their correction rests principally with the owner and driver. When that fails, it now falls to the police and designated inspection facilities to either nudge or force correction. Depending on the severity of the defects, remedies can range from a simple reminder to a tow truck and seizure of the vehicle license and number plates.

Measuring Vehicle Speed With Laser

Laser GunI can remember the anticipation when our highway patrol unit was issued it's first laser speed measuring device, an LTI 20/20 Marksman. Imagine! Here was a device that we could point at a single vehicle in the traffic stream and accurately measure only it's speed. It was fast enough to re-target and measure the vehicles around it too. No one would want to use hand held radar once we were trained on this.

Q&A - Is It Legal for Traffic Police to Hide?

Q&A ImageIs it legal for the traffic police to hide when conducting enforcement? For example, hiding some where or at night and drivers cannot see them.

Am I Making a Difference?

Question MarkThis was a question that I asked myself more frequently as my time in traffic enforcement with the RCMP grew longer.  Everyone wants to do their job well, and mine was to encourage the motoring public to conform to the law in the hope that doing so would minimize the number of collisions in my patrol area. If I was successful, no one would be hurt, our insurance rates would fall and I wouldn’t have to write so many tickets.

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