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Q&A - Ordered to a Specific Inspection Facility

Q&A ImageQUESTION: I recently got pulled over for speeding by a police officer. He gave me a ticket to get my motorbike safety inspected. On the ticket he wrote down where I must get the safety inspection performed. Can he do this? Do I have to get it done where he stated? I have been told he cannot tell me where to get it inspected. Is this true, or will any approved safety inspection facility count?

Q&A - Alternatives to a Speeding Ticket

Q&A ImageI am currently 14 months into the Novice Driver stage. I am concerned about having to restart my 24 Months if I get anymore points.

I was allegedly caught going 102 in a 70 zone but was charged with the lesser offense of 138 dollars which I have no problem paying / accepting, I am a first year Criminology student and I am intending on disputing the charges.

Expect the Unexpected from Police Vehicles

Police VehicleI used to smile when I saw closely spaced traffic, a large gap, a police vehicle, another large gap and finally more closely spaced traffic. Everyone is afraid of the cop I thought. Having spent 25 years driving a marked police vehicle I recognize both that I rarely see this anymore and that it was a wise thing to do. Police vehicles often make unexpected starts, stops and turns.

Where is Our Traffic Enforcement?

Question MarkHaving spent 20 years in traffic enforcement I'm always curious if I will see any of it being done when I travel on our highways. Unfortunately I have to say that I very rarely see a police vehicle in my travels, much less one stopped at the side of the road dealing with a driver. The erratic driver I saw this morning brought the question to mind "where's a cop when you need one?"

VIEWPOINT - Flashing Headlights to Warn of Police

SoapboxIt has always struck me that warning of a speed trap is a violation no different to being an accessory to a crime by warning the bank robber that the police are coming. Certainly very difficult to enforce.

And to take it a step further, what about radio stations that warn drivers over the air of speed enforcement areas. Could they increase the scope of what they perceive as public service to include DUI stop checks?

OPINION - Police are Responsible for Traffic Safety

VThe publisher's commentary in the January 2013 edition of Blue Line Magazine takes a position that I strongly agree with. The police are responsible for traffic safety. If there are no consequences for bad driving behaviour, then there is no need to behave properly.

Q&A - Do I Have to Answer Questions for Police?

Q&A ImageWhen stopped at a road check, a frequent question is, "Where were you" and "Where are you going?" Can you tell me what obligation I am under to answer such questions? I don't mind answering, but I feel it is an invasion of my privacy.

I'm sure it helps the peace officer with their decision making, but at the same time, if I have to say, it's my business.

CASE LAW - R v Sipes

BC Courts Coat of ArmsDonald Sipes crossed Chesterfield Avenue in North Vancouver as a pedestrian. He did not use a crosswalk and was approached by police who intended to warn him for jaywalking. A conversation ensued after which the warning turned into a ticket and the officer demanded to know Mr. Sipes name and residential address. Mr. Sipes did provide his name, but refused to provide his residential address and so was arrested for obstructing a peace officer.

How Big is BC's Collision Problem?

Intersection CrashEvery year on the first of January I restart the collision counter on the DriveSmartBC web site. In order to try and keep it accurate I check ICBC's latest collision statistics, calculate the daily average and tweak the code that produces the display. This year, I can't get data on the number of people injured by impaired drivers. I'm sure that you will agree that it is an important statistic to know.

Q&A - Seizure of Log Book and Receipts

Q&A ImageI just a call from a trucker this morning whose friend (also a truck driver) had her log book and ferry receipts taken by an officer at a road block who then refused to give them back to her. Is this a standard policy from your recollection? What happens if she gets stopped again in another road check without her log book? It just doesn’t seem to be the right thing to do in my books. Can you shed any light on this?

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