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Q&A - Saying Nothing at a Roadblock.

Q&A ImageI am very upset by the long waits at roadblocks. It is infuriating how the police will inconvenience a line of cars for 15-20 minutes (say on the Malahat) and close a major highway.

It gets me riled up waiting and then to have a police officer invade your privacy and ask where you are from and to is none of his business (as well as the usual "have you had anything to drink")

My questions:

Q&A - Rude, Aggressive and Obnoxious

Q&A ImageWe live in a small town up north with the RCMP are well known to be rude, aggressive and ...obnoxious. My 25 year old son was teaching my 21 year old son how to drive a standard last night...my younger son stalled on the road and tried to get the car started and stalled a couple of more times - he was more nervous also because there was a police car behind him.

Q&A - Told to dispute ticket by cop??

Q&A ImageI just moved here from Manitoba and have already got my first BC speeding ticket! I was on my motorcycle on the Trans Canada in the construction zones. I was riding behind another motorbike at about 7 car lengths behind him when we passed the cop.

Q&A - Being served a traffic ticket at home

Q&A ImageA few days ago an off duty police member from another town reported a family member as allegedly committing two traffic infractions.  A constable from our local RCMP has attended our home twice to try to serve this family member with the traffic tickets, but has (honestly) come when this family member was at work.

DO SOMETHING! (But Don't Ask Me to Help)

Q&A ImageI just phoned Abbotsford police about a driver of a Nissan GTR license plate 735-TRB that passed me at about 160 kmh on Riverside road. They say there is nothing I can do to report unless I am willing to go to court. I have a life and work and am not making my wages for the day if I to go to court.

Q&A - Number of Officers Involved in Issuing a Ticket

Q&A ImageHow does a person know whether multiple officers were involved in a speeding ticket and not just the officer who issued the ticket? If there is doubt, how can a civilian investigate the matter further and find out?

Q&A - What do the Police Think about Heavy Trucks?

Q&A ImageI drive a semi tractor trailer for a living. I was wondering what cops' take is on slowly rolling through a stop sign at 5 kph, after scanning the intersection in a rural area and seeing no traffic.

NEWS - Changes Coming for Traffic Tickets in BC

Ticket WriterOne day in the not too distant future police will swipe your driver's licence through a card reader, pick the offence from a list on their computer screen and click print to issue you a traffic ticket. No more hand written ticket forms for BC drivers.

Beware the Flower Clown and Other Roadside Characters

Cst. MartellI would imagine that your opinion of police traffic surveillance tactics probably depends a lot on whether you are the recipient of a ticket or not because of them. You may have actually seen Corporal Smith in Nanaimo dressed up as the Easter Bunny or Constable Martell of Kelowna wearing a hoodie and holding up a sign made of cardboard. They certainly got to see a lot of traffic violators and provided information to pick up teams a bit further down the road.

Radar and Laser Jammers

Laser JammerRadar and laser detectors are currently legal to install in your vehicle and use to avoid prosecution for failing to follow the speed limits in British Columbia. One has to ask why BC is one of the few provinces in our country that has not made this illegal. If you think like I do, inappropriate speed is a significant contributor to collisions and should not be encouraged in any way.

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