styky wrote:My punishment for speeding in B.C. didn't fit the crime
Edmonton Journal August 28, 2011
Have you ever been in a situation where you felt as if you had no rights and it was right here in Canada?
I am a 58-year-old wife, mom and granny to five grandsons ages five to nine. I have no previous traffic tickets or violations. My husband and I live near Edmonton and have a small cabin in Manitoba.
Months ago, we planned to take our grandsons for a holiday at the cabin and to visit their 97-year-old great grandma, who lives nearby. I was to drive to Kelowna with our SUV, which holds seven passengers, pick up two grandsons and drive to Spruce Grove and pick up the other three. Then we would all go to Manitoba.
On July 27, I was driving back to Edmonton from Kelowna with the two grandsons, ages six and eight. As I came through the Mount Robson tourist area, I saw a passing lane. There was a semi and two large trucks pulling trailers going up in the slow lane.
As I was passing, I noticed two cars coming up fast behind me. I sped up to get past the traffic so the two cars could get past before the passing lane ended.
As I was about to pull over into the slow lane, an RCMP car came over a hill and turned on his flashing lights. I was going 120 km/h. He said the speed limit was 70. I was shocked. I told the officer I never saw the 70km/h sign because there were trucks in the way. Also, the other two times I had driven that road, the limit was 100 km/h. (I have since learned that the speed changes to 70 km /h from May to October.)
The officer replied that the new law in B.C. states that a vehicle travelling 40 km/h over the speed limit is impounded.
I said I would never knowingly exceed 40 km/h over the limit. I begged him not to impound the SUV as it was the only seven-passenger vehicle we had to get all these children to Manitoba.
I started to cry, telling him of all our plans. He showed no emotion. I felt
as if I were in a foreign country with no rights, no recourse.
The SUV was towed away, and we had to ride back to Valemount in the police car, retrieve our luggage from the SUV, rush to catch a bus and take the long ride back to Edmonton, arriving home at 1 a.m.
We tried to rent a seven-passenger vehicle, but it was the long weekend and all were booked, so we drove our two older vehicles to Manitoba.
Because of the cost of leaving the SUV in the impound lot, I interrupted my holiday to drive all the way back to Edmonton from Manitoba, then took a bus to Valemount to pick up the SUV and drove back to Manitoba to finish our vacation - a total waste of time and money.
Taking away our vehicle did not teach me a lesson; I am not a speeder. Was I guilty of speeding through a speed trap? Yes, but did the punishment fit the crime? I was going 120 on a passing lane, safely moving over for other motorists. I call that courtesy.
I have since read of other people with the same experience on the same passing lane with similar horror stories.
The process for this law is flawed. The RCMP corporal was police, judge and jury.
Surely, our fine officers are taught to use common sense. As one officer said to me, "this law was not passed for law-abiding citizens like you." If this speed limit is so important for safety, then put a flashing sign there; do not use it as a speed trap.
I have always had a deep respect for our Mounties and the law. I felt like a criminal on the side of the road in a remote area with no rights or options. What do you think that foreigners go back and say about Canada?
I spent a lot of money on fuel and drove thousands of kilometres to regain our truck, all for what should have been a ticket.
Would you feel like you were in Canada if this happened to you?..................http://www.edmontonjournal.com/opinion/ ... story.html
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