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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.

Q&A - Didn't Obey Police Direction

Q&A ImageI was talking on the phone while driving. Guilty. However, while at a red light a cop in plain clothes came up to me and told me to pull over to the bus stop. I had know idea who this dude was and said as much. He flashed a badge and said "Victoria Police" and walked to the curb. I drove away wondering if he actually was a cop, thinking he probably was but continued on.

What should I do now?

Q&A - Are Police Qualified to Decide on Noisy Exhausts?

Q&A ImageIs a Police officer also an inspector under the motor vehicle regulations? For noisy exhausts it is the opinion of the inspector that seems to critical in determining whether the vehicle exhaust is too noisy.

So it would be great if a police officer could issue a ticket or a notice to correct just based on their opinion, which should be just more useful than trying to do decibel testing.

The Officer Should Have Exercised Discretion

Good Cop, Bad CopThe subject of an officer using his or her discretion in the issuance of a traffic ticket is often part of the explanation in the discussion forum on the DriveSmartBC web site. People asking for assistance in formulating their defence in traffic court often feel that in their case the officer should have given them a warning instead of a ticket. Sometimes I agree with them and sometimes I don't.

Notice & Order #2

Notice & OrderOver the course of my service in traffic law enforcement I saw many things that made me shake my head. Examples include a pickup truck that had a rope strung through the vent windows and tied to the windshield wipers so that they could be operated by the passenger, another pickup with black plastic tape stuck over the brake warning light so that the brightness would not bother the driver at night and a car had no working lights on the rear because ICBC had not arranged for collision repairs yet. Admittedly, these are extreme examples but there are many vehicles on our highways that are not being properly maintained by their owners.

COLLISIONS – Why You May Face a Lengthy Highway Closure

Collision PhotoOccasionally you may find yourself waiting in a long line of vehicles for extended periods because a collision has temporarily shut down a highway. Here are some insights as to why the RCMP, working with the area highways contractor, has closed the road.

A collision will fall into one of three categories: Property Damage, Serious Injury, or Fatality.

Delivering the Wrong Message

ExclamationA serious single vehicle collision occurred in the Shawnigan Lake Area on September 1st. Four 19 year olds were hurt, two critically, after the driver spilled an iced cappuccino on herself and subsequently lost control of her vehicle. She struck the right curb, overcorrected and crossed the highway, rolling down an embankment and coming to rest against some trees.

Q&A - Police Using Cell Phones When Driving

Q&A ImageI was wondering if you could cover a subject that is a pet peeve of mine. I have observed some RCMP members using a cell phone while driving their patrol car. Are they exempt from this law? I thought distracted driving was distracted driving. I see this happen at least once a week.

Q&A - Failing to Stop for Police

Q&A ImageHello.. I have a wee question that your experience might be able to offer some perspective for? I received a traffic citation for failing to obey an officer.

Q&A - Police Discretion on Excessive Speeding

Q&A ImageFriends of my parents were returning from Vancouver to Kelowna this past weekend and were pulled over for doing 44 km over the speed limit.  It was a family of 4 returning from a hockey tourney.  The officer said i could give you an excessive speeding ticket and have your car impounded to which the driver repiled i didn't realize the speed was that low here....it was an area 20 to 30 min from Merritt heading to ke

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