Q&A

Questions from site visitors answered.

Q&A - Hung by the Second Test

Q&A ImageUnder the new Immediate Roadside Prohibition rules, motorists are able to take a second test on a different device, says RCMP Constable Steve Holmes.

"Holmes says the driver, who had a strong odour of liquor on his breath, proceeded to blow a fail on his second try.

Q&A - Failing to Stop for Pedestrians Ticket

Q&A ImageI was given a ticket for not stopping for pedestrians at a crosswalk. It was a red light in front of me, with cars lined up behind a crosswalk about 10meters from the light on the right lane. I was on the left lane, slowing down before the red with only one car in front of me stopped at the light.

As I was passing the crosswalk, I slowed to make sure there were no pedestrians, and decided to pass.

Q&A - Improperly Equipped Motor Vehicle

Q&A ImageWould you please explain section 219(1) of the Motor Vehicle Act? My driver window gear stopped working on the Labour Day weekend (4 days ago) and I have not had time to get back to the dealer to have it repaired. The officer informed me that this is a safety issue if the vehicle ended up in the river I would be trapped.

Q&A - Should Cyclists be Able to Yield at Stop Signs?

Stop SignI listened to an interview last Thursday on CBC Radio's On the Coast with Stephen Quinn interviewing cyclists James Carruthers and Richard Campbell. It sounds to me like sour grapes after Carruthers was ticketed for running a red light in Vancouver.

Q&A - The Officer Didn't See the Offence

Q&A ImageI am curious how is it that it is possible for an officer to issue a ticket without actually witnessing the alleged offense, and only going by a couple of witness calls that likely do not have the plate number of the alleged offender and in a location that is not specific?

Q&A - Failure to stop at a stop sign.

Q&A ImageOver a year ago, my husband came to pick me up after work a little after 11 pm.  We live in a town of 20,000 people and it was a wed night, traffic is not very busy at the worst of times. He pulled into the left turn lane, saw nobody coming in from any direction and then instead of coming to a complete stop, sort of rolled to an almost stop and then kept going. 

Q&A - Questions About Speed Measurement

Q&A ImageI was recently issued a speeding ticket with a fine amount of $138. I was driving westward on the left lane behind a pickup truck. I was looking for a street sign, so I slowed down and changed lanes to the right so that vehicles behind me could pass.

Immediately after I changed lanes, I saw an officer on my lane motioning to pull over.

Q&A - Wrong Vehicle Description on Ticket

Q&A ImageMy husband got pulled over for speeding. We recently sold our old car and transferred the insurance to the new car. Instead of putting 2001 silver Chrysler PT Cruiser (new car, which is what he was driving), the officer put 1987 purple Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera (old car) on the ticket.

Do you think he can get out of this ticket for that, even though my husband signed the ticket?

Q&A - Mistake on Speeding Ticket

Q&A ImageThis weekend I was issued a speeding ticket for speed against a highway sign.  On the ticket the motor vehicle act section says 143(3), however I was looking at the ICBC website which says it should be 146(3). 

Q&A - Slow Vehicle Pullouts

Q&A ImageI have a concern about the road between Port Alberni and the West Coast. When they redid the slow vehicle pullouts, they dressed them up to look exactly like passing lanes. Now everyone travels in those lanes. The only difference between the pullouts and passing lanes is that the pullouts don't have signs telling drivers that the lane is ending (why would it, it's not a travel or a passing lane - it's a slow vehicle pullout).

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