Traffic Tickets

Information related to traffic tickets and traffic court.

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.

CASE LAW - R v Soriano

BC Courts Coat of ArmsMr. Soriano was convicted of speeding and fined $138 on April 6, 2010. He subsequently appealed his conviction to the Supreme Court of BC claiming that the verdict was unreasonable because he was not exceeding the speed limit. There was a miscarriage of justice because his hearing was not fair. The Justice showed an attitude toward him that offended and intimidated him.

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 - Received a Ticket for Using a Cell Phone

Q&A ImageI have a question regarding driving violation 214.1(1) prohibiting cell phone usage while driving. I recently was pulled over by an RCMP officer and when I asked what was wrong he said that I had been using my cell phone while driving. I tried to respectively deny this as I had not been using my phone.

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.

Should My Driving Record be Available to the Public?

AngelYesterday's edition of the Victoria Times Colonist newspaper contained an article about Justice Minister Shirley Bond considering making the driving record of B.C. drivers public knowledge. The idea is that if conventional methods of convincing drivers to follow the driving rules are not successful, then it is time to find other solutions. This one would be aimed at embarrassing a non-compliant driver publicly.

Q&A - U Turn Ticket

Q&A ImageGot a ticket for an alleged illegal u-turn at an intersection. Was fined $167 for allegedly violating MVA 168(b)(iv). As outlined in the MVA, my alleged violation is defined as "at an intersection where a traffic control signal has been erected"

However, at the time of the alleged offense, 2 things:

Q&A - New Westminster Parking Bylaw Dispute

Q&A ImageBylaw 6027 states "No person shall stop or park a vehicle within 2 meters of the nearest edge of the closest sidewalk on an intersecting street." There were no signs along this side of the street.

At adjudication the meaning of terms "closest sidewalk" and "intersecting street" meaning was in dispute.

Q&A - Charter Issues in Traffic Court

Q&A ImageMy question is whether a Justice of Peace can deny a Charter argument that has already been heard and dismissed by a Provincial Judge and then referred back to Traffic court.

Q&A - Slow Down, Move Over Ticket

Q&A ImageMy girlfriend, being an anxious driver, asked me if I would drive because road conditions were slippery. I still have my N, but had no N sign in my girlfriends car. I figured it was safer if I drove to the stop in Merritt since she did not feel comfortable.

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