Sep 22, 2012 / 5:00 am
For the sake of making my point, I'm going to divide traffic rule violators into three categories; those that don't know the rules, those that make honest mistakes and those who are selfish and don't think about what their actions might result in. I know that I try my best not to be in the first category and despite my best efforts am occasionally part of the second category. Hopefully I am never in the last category.
The holder of a valid BC driver's licence should not be included in the first category. When we are licensed we are expected to know the rules and keep up with them even as they change. That is not always easy to do, but worth the effort because you cannot use "I didn't know!" as a defence in traffic court.
We all make mistakes, even when we don't want to. I accept that and try not to repeat them when I find that I am the culprit. I am very fortunate that I have not had to ask for someone's forgiveness, nor give it, through involvement in a significant traffic incident. Thank goodness!
This leaves us with the last group, those that don't want to be bothered to follow the rules unless it suits them to. Individuality, civil disobedience, I should be able to do this and other justifications have no place on our highways, they lead to collisions and they hurt people. If you drive like this, shame on you! Perhaps if you hear this often enough from others you will consider not being a bad example.
The author is a retired constable with many years of traffic law enforcement experience. To comment or learn more, please visit www.drivesmartbc.ca.
Read more Behind the Wheel articles
Tim Schewe has been writing his column for most of the 20 years in his traffic enforcement service in the RCMP. It was 'The Beat Goes On' in Fort St. John, 'Traffic Tips' in the South Okanagan and now 'Behind the Wheel' on Vancouver Island and now Castanet.net. Schewe retired from the Force in January of 2006, but the column became a habit and continues.
E-mail him your questions or concerns: email@example.com
- Unsafe headlight conversions Apr 27
- The government didn't tell me Apr 20
- Traffic safety responsibility Apr 13
- Nuisance lights Apr 6
- Skateboarders in traffic Mar 30
- Police vehicles: expect the unexpected Mar 23
- Be a careful, good Samaritan Mar 16
- Justifying our misbehaviour Mar 9
- Emerging from alleys and driveways Mar 2
- Texting while stopped at a red light Feb 23
- Where is our traffic enforcement? Feb 16
- 'Bright' pedestrians Feb 9
(Click for RSS instructions.)