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VIEWPOINT - Police Should Educate Drivers

SoapboxYou may be interested in the number of distracted drivers nabbed by Comox Valley RCMP in a recent 5 day campaign. They caught 91 drivers including one who received 2 tickets in one day-likely the same bad habit as the lady in Vancouver with 14 tickets.

I commend the local RCMP for their ability to detect these distracted driver as I rarely notice them any more. Speeding drivers are much more obvious.

Q&A - Speed Warning Entered in Database?

Q&A ImageI received a warning this evening, for speeding. I was trying to get out of the way of the person behind me (who ended up being a police officer). Anyway, he told me my name would be in some sort of data base in case an officer sees me and pulls me over for speeding again.

CASE LAW - R v Jacobson

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThe police must follow the provisions of the Emergency Vehicle Driving Regulation when they intend to employ the exemption from the rules of the road set out in the Motor Vehicle Act. In this case, Constable Jacobson was driving his police vehicle on Highway 97 at Daimler Drive in West Kelowna approaching a red light. Hoping to save a few minutes arriving at a complaint he activated the police vehicles's emergency lights and siren about 4 - 5 vehicle lengths’ back from the beginning of the left turn lane on Highway 97 going south. He attempted to make a left hand turn in the intersection and was struck by a northbound Jetta.

NEWS - Reporting Bad Driving With the Vic PD App

TextingThe Victoria Police Department has announced an app for both Apple and Android devices that may be used to report incidents of unsafe driving. The app extends a complainant's ability to report a traffic complaint on line. Depending on the level of involvement that you choose, the complaint will be taken for general information, a warning letter or court action. The app is available for free download now.

Q&A - Using a Dashcam to Report Traffic Violators

Q&A ImageIf I have a dashcam and capture traffic violations and reported them, is it of any use for police to prosecute? If so does it depend on the level severity? What steps or how much involvement would be required of me? eg. appear in court, just sending a video etc.

THREE STRIKES - I'm Out!

SoapboxOne of the more frequently asked questions that I receive from visitors to this site concerns reporting bad driving behaviour to the police and having the offending driver held accountable. Until recently, I would point the person to the article Q&A - Making a Driving Report to the Police and encourage them to take an active role in the complaint so that something effective would be done. When I was working and received an earnest complaint I would take the time to investigate it and issue a ticket if warranted. If not, I would explain the situation fully to the complainant when I thought that I would be unsuccessful prosecuting and decided not to issue a ticket. I cannot recall an unsuccessful prosecution of a ticket like this as the driving behaviour that led to it was usually so far out of the norm that it was easy for the justice to decide.

What do I Have to Tell Police During a Traffic Stop?

Ticket WriterWhat do you have to tell police when you are the subject of a traffic stop? I've often been asked about whether you have to answer the casual conversation at a road check that might include questions like Where are you coming from? Where are you going to? How much have you had to drink tonight? The answer is no, you don't.

Q&A - Officer Forgot to Serve Me My Speeding Ticket

Q&A ImageI was not given my copy of a speeding ticket. Will it be mailed to me or should I phone? I know which RCMP detachment wrote the ticket..

Q&A - Driving Complaints: Nothing They Can Do

Q&A ImageI have reported two incidents of dangerous driving - both had enough information to identify the driver.

The Police Never Write Tickets For...

Ticket WriterI often hear the opinion expressed that the police never write tickets for (insert your favourite violation here). While I know what I wrote tickets for when I worked, I also knew that each officer had his or her own opinion on what was important to write tickets for and what they would choose not to write. In order to make a more informed response on the topic I asked ICBC for a list of the number of Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) convictions for 2014.

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