Q&A - Being served a traffic ticket at home
A 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. We even went to the local detachment to try to see if he could get the ticket rather than have the member come for the third time to try to serve, as it was causing anxiety to other members in the household to have the police show up at all hours.
My question is this, if the person who is requesting the ticket be written up is in fact an off duty, out of town member of the RCMP would they not be considered at that time a regular citizen? If not, why did this member not serve the ticket when they observed the alleged infraction?
Just as a side note, the family member is going to dispute this allegation as he says it unequivocally did NOT happen. Of course at this point it is all conjecture as he has still not received the actual ticket! However, from the information provided by the constable (who was amazingly polite and very respectful of privacy laws when attending our home) we believe that the off duty officer took down the wrong licence plate number as the family member observed another vehicle doing those exact same infractions and was irritated enough to honk their horn at them!
Should this family member accept the ticket and sign for it and then dispute it? Should we get a lawyer involved as the family member needs to retain his clean driving record for his employment and as such is very careful to obey the rules of the road.
Any advice would be more than welcome. Thanks!