The Police Never Write Tickets For...

Ticket WriterI often hear the opinion expressed that the police never write tickets for (insert your favourite violation here). While I know what I wrote tickets for when I worked, I also knew that each officer had his or her own opinion on what was important to write tickets for and what they would choose not to write. In order to make a more informed response on the topic I asked ICBC for a list of the number of Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) convictions for 2014.

As I am sure you have already guessed, speeding tickets were the most frequently written. In fact, at about 176,000, they formed more than 39% of the total. 7,500 of those were for speeds of more than 40 km/h over the posted speed limit. This is not suprising as failing to obey the speed limit is common, accurately quantified and a concise case in traffic court.

Distracted driving convictions are about one third of speeding convictions, totalling about 50,300. Given the risk that this driving behaviour presents and how much of it I see around me when I drive, I hope that these type of conviction increases if the behaviour does not decrease.

Occupant restraint convictions, not including child restraints which are dealt with under the MVA Regulations, numbered about 34,000. This type of violation ticket should be difficult to issue by now one would think, especially since ICBC tells us that the current rate of use is in the high 90% range.

Other specific categories of conviction include motorcycle related offences at 235, cyclist related offences at 4887 and pedestrian related offences at 963. Is your pet peeve listed? Check out the entire list below.

List of Motor Vehicle Act Convictions in British Columbia for 2014:

 

Section

Offence

Convictions

 
       

146(3)

Speed Against Highway Sign

87000

 

214.2(1)

Use an Electronic Device While Driving

49000

 

146(1)

Speed In/Outside Municipality

49000

 

129(1)

Red Light at Intersection

37000

 

220(4)

Fail to Wear Seatbelt

33000

 

146(7)

Speed Against Municipal Sign

22000

 

25(15)

Drive Contrary to Restriction

16000

 

24(1)

No Driver Licence

14000

 

33(1)

Fail to Produce Driver's Licence/Insurance

13000

 

125

Disobey Traffic Control Device

13000

 

24(3)(b)

No Insurance

9600

 

186

Disobey Stop Sign

8000

 

148.1

Excessive Speed

7500

 

147(1)

Speed in School Zone

4800

 

161

Disobey Traffic Sign or Signal

4500

 

152

Not Entitled to Use HOV Lane

4200

 

161(b)

Disobey Traffic Sign or Signal

4000

 

219(1)

Improperly Equipped Vehicle

3700

 

147(2)

Speed in Playground Zone

3500

 

128(1)(a)

Yellow Light at Intersection

3200

 

184(1)

Fail to Wear Bicycle Safety Helmet

3200

 

140

Disobey Construction Signs

3100

 

144(1)(a)

Drive Without Due Care and Attention

2700

 

153

Drive in a Bus Lane

2500

 

144(1)(b)

Drive Without Consideration for Others

2500

 

162(1)

Follow too Closely

2400

 

31(1)

Fail to Change Address

2200

 

168(b)(iv)

U-Turn at Intersection

2000

 

13(1)(a)

No Vehicle Licence

1800

 

151(c)

Change Lanes Without Signal

1800

 

185(3)(a)

Disobey Railway Stop Sign

1600

 

151(b)

Change Lanes Over Solid Line

1400

 

146(5)

Speed Against Area Sign

1400

 

214.22

Texting While Driving

1300

 

13(1)(b)

Fail to Display Licence Plate

1200

 

151

Unsafe Lane Change

1200

 

174

Fail to Yield – Left Turn

1200

 

68(1)

Fail to Remain at Accident

1100

 

144(1)(c)

Speed Relative to Conditions

1100

 

13(1)(c)

Misuse of Number Plate

930

 

155(1)(a)

Cross Solid Double Line

880

 

127(1)(a)(iii)

Fail to Yield to Vehicle

870

 

220(6)

Permit Passenger Without Seatbelt

800

 

168(a)

Unsafe U-Turn

760

 

73(1)

Fail to Stop for Police

750

 

161(a)

Disobey Traffic Sign or Signal

720

 

170(1)

No Signal on Turn

700

 

150(1)

Fail to Keep Right

650

 

165(5)

Improper Turn at Intersection

630

 

168(b)(iv)

U-Turn in Business District

630

 

183(2)(a)

Ride Cycle on Sidewalk

600

 

168(b)(iii)

Prohibited U-Turn

590

 

186(a)

Disobey Stop Sign

550

 

179(1)

Fail to Yield to Pedestrian

530

 

165(2)

Improper Left Turn at Intersection

520

 

68(2)

Fail to Stop After Collision With Unattended Vehicle

490

 

158(1)

Pass on Right

480

 

127(1)(a)(ii)

Fail to Yield to Pedestrian

460

 

175(1)

Fail to Yield After Stop

450

 

189(1)(n)

No Parking Zone

430

 

159

Unsafe Pass on Left

430

 

158(2)(b)

Pass on Right Off Roadway

380

 

133

Pedestrian Disobey Control Signal/Fail to use Crosswalk

380

 

193

Reverse When Unsafe / Reverse into Intersection

350

 

183(6)

Ride Cycle Without Lights

340

 

73(2)

Fail to State Name and Address

290

 

151(f)

Illegal Pass on Laned Roadway

280

 

177

Fail to Yield to Emergency Vehicle

270

 

129(5)(a)

Red Light – No Intersection

260

 

123

Fail to Obey Police Officer Direction

250

 

165(1)

Improper Right Turn at Intersection

240

 

204(2)

Depositing Articles on Highway

240

 

151(d)

Left Turn from Wrong Lane

240

 

132(3)

Disobey Don't Walk Sign or Walk Against Wait Light

210

 

21(7)(c)

Fail to Produce Out of Province Registration or Insurance

210

 

194(3)

Ride Motorcycle Without Required Helmet

210

 

68(1)(a)

Fail to Remain or Return to The Scene of Accident

210

 

71

Fail to Produce Vehicle Licence

200

 

151(e)

Right Turn from Wrong Lane

200

 

179(2)

Pedestrian Leave Curb When Unsafe

170

 

68(3)

Fail to Stop When in Accident Resulting in Property Damage

170

 

195(1)(a)

Drive While Control Obstructed

160

 

155(1)(b)(ii)

Cross Solid Broken Line

160

 

169

Unsafe Start

160

 

165(4)

Improper Turn at Intersection

160

 

185(1)

Fail to Stop or Leave Safely at Railway Crossing

150

 

155(1)(c)

Fail to Keep Right of Single Broken or Solid Line

140

 

183(1)(iv)

Careless Cycling / Cycle Without Reasonable Consideration

140

 

158(2)(a)

Unsafe Pass on Right

140

 

149

Fail to Stop for School Bus

120

 

220(3)

Operate Vehicle with Inoperative Seatbelts

120

 

176(2)

Emerging Vehicle Fail to Yield

120

 

183(2)(b)

Ride on Crosswalk

110

 

68(1)(c)

Fail to Produce in Writing Evidence at Scene of Accident

110

 

163(a)

Drive Over Highway Divider

110

 

129(3)

Fail to Yield – Right Turn – Red Light

100

 

155(1)(b)(i)

Fail to Keep Right of Double Broken / Solid Line

100

 

182(1)

Pedestrian Walk Along Highway

100

 

187(2)

Obstruct Traffic by Parking

98

 

166

Improper Left Turn – No Intersection

96

 

187(1)

Fail to Park Off Roadway

92

 

200

Drive on Sidewalk

91

 

183(2)(c)

Fail to Ride Cycle on Right

90

 

191(2)(a)

Unsecured Motor Vehicle

88

 

157(1)(b)

Fail to Complete Pass Safely

80

 

173(2)

Fail to Obey Yield Sign

79

 

184(2)

Permit Cycling Without Required Bicycle Helmet

74

 

164(1)

Enter Controlled Access Highway

73

 

162(3)

Fail to Leave Sufficient Space Between Vehicle for Passing

72

 

185(2)

Drive Past Railway Crossing Gate

69

 

141

Disobey Flagman

69

 

189(1)(a)

Park on Sidewalk or Boulevard

68

 

3(1)

Fail to Register / Licence Vehicle

67

 

70(1)(b)

Fail to Produce Licence/Insurance for Inspection

64

 

195(1)(b)

Drive While View Obstructed

62

 

84(2)

Fail to Give Information or Give False Information to Police

62

 

182(3)

Stand on Roadway Soliciting Employment or Ride

62

 

162(2)

Commercial Vehicle Follow Too Closely

60

 

168(b)(2)

Unsafe U-Turn Approaching Hill Crest

60

 

220(2)

Operate Vehicle Without Seatbelts

59

 

231(1)

Must not Smoke Tobacco in MV Occupied by Person Under 16

59

 

131(1)(a)

Flashing Red Light at Intersection

57

 

36(3)

No Chauffeurs Permit

56

 

145(1)

Slow Driving

55

 

183(6)(a)

Ride Cycle Without Lighted Lamp on Front

54

 

157(2)(a)

Fail to Yield to Passing Vehicle

54

 

173(1)

Fail to Yield Right of Way at Uncontrolled Intersection

51

 

134

Failing to Obey Lane Direction Control Signal

50

 

14(1)

Fail to Notify of Address Change

47

 

186(c)

Disobey Stop Sign

47

 

190

Park on Left Side / Park too Far From Curb

45

 

185(5)

Fail to Proceed with Caution at Railway Crossing

44

 

175(2)

Fail to Yield to Vehicle Leaving Stop

44

 

185(3)(b)

Fail to Stop at Railway Crossing

43

 

72

Transport Animals in Insecure Manner on Vehicle Exterior

42

 

181

Fail to Exercise Duty to Pedestrian

42

 

163(b)

Fail to Keep Right of Divided Highway

41

 

130(2)(a)(ii)

Fail To Stop – Yellow Arrow – In Intersection

38

 

164(2)

Leave Controlled Access Highway

37

 

125.1(1)

Fail to Stop at Inoperative Traffic Control Device

36

 

15(1)(d)

Fail to Notify Vehicle Change

36

 

204(1)

Depositing Articles on Highway

35

 

127(2)(c)

Pedestrian Must Not Enter Roadway Until Safe

34

 

189(1)(b)

Block Driveway

31

 

170(2)

Inadequate Signal on Turn

30

 

186(b)

Disobey Stop Sign with Crosswalk

30

 

179(3)

Pass Vehicle Yielding to Pedestrian

29

 

160

Pass Without Clear View

29

 

183(8)

Ride Cycle Without Brakes

29

 

129(4)(a)

Pedestrian Facing Red Light Must Not Enter Roadway

29

 

154

Fail to Keep Right When Meeting Oncoming Vehicle

28

 

175(1)(a)

Fail to Yield After Stop

28

 

14(2)

Fail to Notify Name Change Within 10 Days

27

 

24(3)(a)

No Valid Driver's Certificate

26

 

180

Pedestrian Fail to Yield to Vehicle

25

 

189(1(d)

Park Near Hydrant

25

 

176(1)

Emerging Vehicle Fail to Stop

24

 

46

Misuse of Demonstration Plates

24

 

157(1)(a)

Fail to Pass at Safe Distance

23

 

207(2)

Fail to Carry Required Warning Devices

23

 

183(6)(b)

Ride Cycle Without Red Reflector

22

 

17(1)

Fail to Transfer Vehicle

22

 

153(2)

Drive/Stand/Park MV in Designated Use Lane

22

 

167

Improper Right Turn – No Intersection

21

 

165(3)

Improper Turn When Traffic Restricted to One Direction

21

 

11

Fail to Carry Licence

19

 

131(2)(a)

Flashing Red Light – No Intersection

19

 

189(1)(l)

Double Parking

19

 

68(1)(b)

Fail to Render all Reasonable Assistance / Accident

18

 

150(2)

Slow Vehicle Not on Right

18

 

129(4)(b)

Fail to Yield – Left Turn – Red Light

17

 

168(b)(1)

Unsafe / Prohibited U-Turn On a Curve

17

 

182(2)

Fail to Walk on Left of Roadway

15

 

185(1)(a)

Fail to Stop Railway Crossing with Warning Device

15

 

189(1)(c)

Park in Intersection

13

 

151(g)

Slow Moving in Wrong Lane

13

 

21(7)(d)

Fail to Give Proof of Financial Responsibility

13

 

150(3)

Fail to Keep Right of Rotary Traffic Island

13

 

21(7)

Fail to Produce Out of Province Registration

12

 

203(1)

Open Door When Unsafe

12

 

130(2)(b)

Fail to Yield – Yellow Arrow – Pedestrian

12

 

207(3)

Fail to Use Warning Devices

12

 

146(11)

Speed on Municipal Lane

11

 

183(17)

Cyclist Fails to use Hand Signals

11

 

25(5)

Dual Driver's Licences

10

 

154(1)

Fail to Keep Right When Meeting Oncoming Vehicle

10

 

15(1)(a)

Fail to Notify Replacing the Chassis by Another

10

 

185(1)(b)

Fail to Stop at Railway Grade Crossing for Gate or Flagger

10

 

85

Allow Unlicenced Minor to Drive

10

 

121

Drive Maintenance/Construction Vehicle With no Regard to Safety

9

 

171(2)

Drive Without Signal Device

9

 

157(2)(b)

Increase Speed While Being Passed

9

 

36(1)

Fail to Produce Chauffeur's Permit

9

 

45(1)

Driving Demonstration Vehicle – No Consent

9

 

21(7)(a)

Fail to Register Motor Vehicle After Period of Exemption

8

 

183(9)(c)

Cyclist – Fail to Supply Particulars

7

 

183(2)(e)

Fail to Keep at Least One Hand on Handlebars

7

 

189(1)(e)

Park on Crosswalk

7

 

125.1(2)

Fail to Yield to Vehicle on Right/Inoperative Traffic Control Device

6

 

194(4)(a)

Permit Passenger Under 16 to be Unlawfully Seated

6

 

37(1)

Employ Unlicenced Driver

6

 

131(5)(a)

Fail to Yield at Green Flashing Light

6

 

194(2)(a)

Improperly Seated Passenger on Motorcycle

6

 

169(1)

Fail to Yield to Transit Bus

6

 

128(2)(a)

Yellow Light – No Intersection

6

 

189(1)(g)

Park Near Traffic Control Device

5

 

25(1)

Applicant for Driver's Licence Must Sign Form

5

 

131(3)(a)

Yellow Flashing Light at Intersection

5

 

219(3)

Vehicle or Trailer Not Properly Equipped

5

 

21(7)(a)(ii)

Fail to Register Out of Province Motor Vehicle After 30 Days

5

 

172(2)

No Proper Signalling Equipment Right Hand Drive Vehicle

5

 

153(1)

Drive/Stand/Park MV on Designated Use Highway

5

 

183(2)(f)

Fail to Ride on Seat

5

 

194(1)

Operate Motorcycle Not on Seat

5

 

189(1)(f)

Park near Crosswalk

5

 

179(4)

Disobey School Guard/School Patrol

4

 

194(4)(b)

Permit Passenger Under 16 to Ride Without Required Helmet

4

 

183(6)(c)

Ride Cycle Without Lighted Red Lamp Mounted at Rear

4

 

185(1)(c)

Fail to Stop for Train That is Within 500 Meters

4

 

183(2)(g)

Carry More Passengers Than Designed/Equipped for

4

 

189(1)(m)

Park on Bridge or in Tunnel

4

 

185(5)(c)

Driver Must not Stop with Part of Vehicle On/Over Tracks

4

 

170(3)

Fail to Signal Stop or Decrease in Speed

4

 

199

Drive Over Fire Hose

4

 

191(2)(b)

Parked Vehicle Wheels Not Turned to Curb to Avoid Runaway

4

 

204(3)

Deposit Rocks or Dirt on Highway

4

 

143

Drive Over Newly Painted Lines

4

 

194(9)

Obstruct a Peace Officer

3

 

183(2)(d)

Ride Cycle Abreast of Another Person Operating Cycle

3

 

195(2)

Obstruct Driver

3

 

44(3)

Misuse of Repair Plate

3

 

183(2)(h)

Cycle on Highway Where Signs Prohibit

3

 

100(1)

Failing to Stop of Peace Officer

3

 

130(2)(a)(i)

Fail to Stop – Yellow Arrow – Marked Crosswalk

2

 

31(2)

Fail to Notify Change of Name

2

 

131(4)(a)

Yellow Flashing Light – No Intersection

2

 

194(2)(b)

Motorcycle Passenger Not Lawfully Seated

2

 

130(1)(a)

Fail to Yield/Disobey Green Arrow

2

 

185(6)

Fail to Proceed with Caution to Avoid Collision with Train

2

 

183(1)

Cyclist Has Same Duties as Vehicle

2

 

189(11)

Park Near Railway Crossing

2

 

137

Unlawful Alteration/Removal of Traffic Control Device

1

 

196

Improper Operation of Vehicle – Canyon/Defile/Mountain Road

1

 

45(4)

Fail to Produce Consent to Officer Demonstration Licence

1

 

34(1)

Non Resident Driver / Fail to Change DL – 6 Months

1

 

212(1)

Operator's Duty Fail to Provide Information

1

 

183(9)(a)

Cyclist – Fail to Remain at Accident

1

 

189(1)(h)

Park by Exit

1

 

203(2)

Leave Door Open/Side Moving Traffic Longer Than Necessary

1

 

74(1)(a)

Alter Document for Temporary Operation of Motor Vehicle

1

 

194(1)

Operate Motorcycle More Than 2 Abreast

1

 

183(5)

Ride While Attached to Vehicle

1

 

194(2)(c)

Fail to Use Foot Pegs or Floorboards

1

 

185(4)(e)

Commercial Vehicle No Stop at Railway

1

 

197

Coasting Downgrade Illegally

1

 

74(1)(b)

Deface or Alter Plates

1

 

33(3)

Fail to Surrender Duplicate Driver's Licence

1

 

106

Proof of Financial Responsibility by a Certificate

1

 
       
 

Total

446694

 
       
 

Type of Violation

Number

Percent of Total

       
 

Speed Related Charges

176320

39.47

 

Use of Electronic Device Related Charges

50300

11.26

 

Restraint Related Charges (Occupant Aged 6 or Older)

33985

7.61

 

Motorcycle Specific Charges

235

0.05

 

Cyclist Specific Charges

4887

1.09

 

Pedestrian Specific Charges

963

0.22

Explanation:

Rounding was applied to the data by ICBC which also warns that the data was provided for general information only and should not be viewed as a formally validated report.

Comments

Interesting data, thanks for putting this together.

Quick question - those 0.22% of 'Pedestrian Specific' Charges.  That's it?  Less than a quarter percent?

Seems utterly at odds with what I see happening out there, and at a time when ICBC and other authorities are concerned with the number of pedestrian incidents and accidents ... and deaths.

And are we seriously supposed to believe, despite the behaviour we all witness on a relatively frequent basis, that there was only one time in 2014 when a police officer saw an issue with somebody opening a car door into traffic?  I mean, really?

While I wonder also, at the

While I wonder also, at the low numbers for some offences, we have to remember there are a lot more of us on the road than there are police officers.  While they are writing one ticket 10 more offenders are driving by.

What really makes me shake my head is the high number of people still not using seatbelts.   Are there really that many stupid people out there?  Apparently so.  I guess the Darwin effect takes a lot longer to work than I thought.

No insurance, no driver's license

Great stats, THANK YOU!

Re: No license numbers

With Victoria arguing to tack on student loans against renewal of insurance and licenses - we are certainly going to see more of those.

Incidentally, motorists driving with-out a license tend to drive more carefully to avoid getting discovered, so the high numbers already displayed are dramatically higher in reality ;)

It'd be interesting to know "why" people are with no license at the time of the pull-over.

ticket versus orders

Is there a place to also find out how many orders for vehicle repairs are issued. I was thinking about loud vehicle exhausts. Do not see any tickets issued for excessively noisy exhausts, so was wondering whether officers issue orders instead. 

 

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As usual, my "Pet Peeve" is not represented, unless it is covered under Mechanical Condition.

I can not understand the mentality of people who drive without (factory installed) headlights / Day time lights.

If the powers that be, did their research way back when, and found a 20 % reduction in daytime crashes when headlights are used, why would anyone remove the wire or fuse to deliberately circumvent that safety feature.

As a Driving Instructor I hammered in : Observation...Observation...Observation, Anticipation....Anticipation...Anticipation, to make the students aware of what was going on around them.

To deliberately make your vehicle LESS visible is mind boggling.

On a trip to Alta last Christmas, I was astounded by the large number of vehicles that blew past me from behind in the fog or road spray, with no driving lights  lights.

It is a safety issue that the police seem to fail to enforce, yet write 4200 tickets for unlawfully driving in an HOV lane. Go figure.

DRL

I am with you regarding DRL. Maybe it is covered under mechanical condition but it would be nice to know they are enforcing these regulations.

Every year our local police do a few seatbelt checks using 2 or more Officers. One Officer watches for people not wearing seatbelts and radios to stop the vehicle. Why not do a little multi-tasking and have the spotter also report the vehicles with DRL's not operating and stop and ticket them also?

And why has the requirements for DRL been reduced to the point some of them are now next to useless. Freightliner trucks is one example. They have switched to amber and the visibility of them is terrible. Often you will pick-up the clearance lights before you see the DRL. This section should be more specific requiring white lights only, of a specified candlepower and dia of light.

Mechanical Condition

Section 219(1) MVA is more or less the "catch all" section for vehicle defects and will appear on a driving abstract.

I asked for a list of Motor Vehicle Act convictions which is generally driving rule and administrative violations. I did not ask for Motor Vehicle Act Regulation convictions and may do so for a future article. The MVAR are generally equipment specific but does include things like child restraints, riding in the cargo compartment, log books and some administrative rules such as driver's licence classes.

Policing priorities vs. collision prevention

You can't help but wonder how the police - if challenged - would rationalize their allocation of resources.

Let's take that old favourite - Speeding - for instance.  87,000 tickets handed out for 'Speeding Against Highway Sign', another 49,000 for Speed in/outside Municpality (which you have to assume are made up of those who got nabbed for offences against non-existent signs, under Section 146.1, a particular favourite of the VPD as we all know).  Those two offences make up over 30% of the tickets issued.

But what about our kids?  What sort of priority do they receive, in the name of safety?

I admit, it's a rhetorical question as the numbers speak for themselves.  Less than 2% of the tickets issued were for speeding in School Zones or Playground Zones.  Draw your own conclusions ... but please note my other post in this Thread regarding the priority given to pedestrian safety by our boys in blue.

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Meanwhile, how much focus is being given to the #1 cause of the 2-vehicle collision, that most frequent of all accidents?

Well, just over one half of one percent of the tickets issued last year were for following too closely.  Or, if you want to look at it another way, 99.463% of tickets issued did not address this issue.  So the next time you glance in the mirror and see some dickhead on your back bumper, don't be counting on the cops to pull him/her over.  Even if he's agressive about it, as so many are these days.

But perhaps the police are concentrating more on another social aspect of driver interaction?  I'm thinking of lane discipline, and behaviour - or misbehaviour - here.  All that stuff under Section 151 about using the proper lane for turns, or lane changing properly, etc; those common misdemeanours we see every day when we drive (failure to signal a lane change in particular).

Well, those offences added up to 3,933 tickets in 2014, a staggering, um, 0.882% of the total.  Not what you would call a 'priority' for the police, obviously.  And maybe my eyes are getting old, but I didn't notice any tickets under (a) which requires that lane changes be made safely and without affecting the travel of other vehicles.  Odd, considering that a person would fail their Road Test in this province (as it's a Violation) if it happened while a Driver Examiner was assessing an Applicant for a license ...

And it has to be said, in this day and age when the ICBC Road Test specifies 'Communication' as one of the top five skills that must be demonstrated by the Applicant, that there is something fundamentally wrong with the fact that the police just don't seem to view this issue the same way! Do you know how many tickets were issued for failing to signal turns properly last year, as required by Section 170?  Well of course you do, the stats are right there, it's just that I'm on a roll, here ... the answer is 730.  Yup, 0.164% of tickets issued were for this fundamental offence.  Unbelievable.

 

 

With regard to the money.

Should anyone wish to try and calculate the revenues generated from Penalty Point tickets, the applicable fines may be found here.

All you need to do is figure out the average fine (my best guess without resorting to a calculator would be in the range of $175 per) then multiply by 446,694 and you'll have an idea of how many dollars are involved here.  If I'm right, that's close to $80m per year.

Of course, that doesn't include the Driver Penalty Point Premium, levied on drivers who acquire more than 3 points within a twelve-month period.  That's when things add up exponentially, so to speak.

What I don't understand is why they have surcharges calculated for up to 50 Penalty Points.  I mean, being able to rake in $24,000 per driver must be tempting ... but why on earth would any driver with more than, say, 10 Points on their license still have ... a license?

I have to ask!

Am I all alone here?  Don't any of our usual contributors have anything to say, in regard to how your police traffic resources are being allocated?  Is it acceptable to you, that anti-social, risky drivers who show little regard for school children and other pedestrians, who follow too close, who intentionally fail to signal lane changes and turns as a matter of habit, are allowed to continue their behaviour day in day out with little fear of repercussion?

Does it not concern you that clearly, our police are far more interested in the quantity - rather than the quality - of the tickets they issue?  That they would much rather sit beside a highway picking off individuals for going too fast (even if there's nobody else around to be affected) than nailing those who represent the real risk, who have no right to be allowed to continue with their aggressive, anti-social, behaviour?

You know, for some years I was involved in the training of Driving Instructors entering the profession.  An interesting mix of individuals from many backgrounds, and this included some ex-RCMP officers seeking a new career prior to going into full retirement. 

In one class, I had brought up the subject of road safety and risk, in terms of defensive driving practice vs. dynamic vehicle handling skills.  One of these guys advised that when he had taken his original - and extensive - RCMP training, a full 40-hour week of it was devoted to Smith System driver training; while only one day was spent on a track, learning how to drive fast.  This may not be the case now, but it certainly reflected the attitude and experience of the force at one time, in terms of priorities.

How things seem to have changed.

 

 

No, you are not alone.  The

No, you are not alone.  The problem is how do you convince the Police to change priorities?  They don't like being told how to do their job.

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