Caught in an awkward situation, Slow down and move over
I was caught by surprise, and although I realize ignorance of a law is no defence, I wonder how I might have known about this change in BC traffic law. I had moved away from BC in 2001, not returning until 2012. When I returned to BC in 2012, I was given a BC drivers liscence agian, but no info about any changes in traffic regulations which had happened while I was away. Apparently in 2009 or so, MVA Regulation 47.01 and 47.02 were intorduced into law, and I fully understand the intent of these regs, and support them. What I don't know is how I was supposed to know they existed.
My ticket experience is as follows: Heading North on Hwy 1 leaving Victoria, BC, at 88 KPH iin a 90KPH zone, I rounded a bend in the road, and saw an unmarked police vehicle parked on the right edge of the road, with it's blue and red emergency lights flashing. I saw that I had sufficient space in the left lane to change into that lane, and did so, but I did not slow down, as there was traffic in that lane, and I preferred not to get rear ended! The officer pulled me over and wrote on the ticket "Fail to Slow Down and Move Over for Emergency Vehicle" MVA 47.02. He said to me you did move over, but you also needed to slow down to 70. I now have looked up that regulation, and understand it, but I see on the ICBC website the offence for 47.02 reads "Fail to slow down or move over near stopped official vehicle", with a fine of $173.00 and 3 points. I truly feel unfairly dealt with, and am not sure what my defence might be, or what outcome I could hope for, Any suggestions you might have are much appreciated. I am disputing the ticket.
So now I wonder about signatures. As I read through all of the great info and comments on file here, I see that my signature was not required on the ticket, but should the peace officer have offered me the opportunity to sign it??
and the bigger question for me is what constitutes a signature from the officer issuing the ticket?? I am not able to read the officers # in the box which says ENF. OFFICERS #, I can get some of it, but I am not sure of a couple of the numbers he has written there, and, wher it says ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS SIGNATURE, there is just a squigggly line, about 1 inch long, no letters at all. Is that the officers signature? Does it need to match his usual signature, for instance on his drivers liscence? Could I ask the judge to compare the squiggly line on the ticket with the officers usual signature? I did not see the officer sign the ticket, if indeed this squiggly line is his signature.