Behind the Wheel

Dear Cop - Absolute Liability

Nov 23, 2004 / 5:30 am

Is there any consistancy to what an officer considers speeding? Some speeding violations are issued with zero tolerance, while many drivers feel they are safe...

Dear Cop - Exhaust Emission

Nov 19, 2004 / 3:21 pm

What are our ""exhaust emission standards"" in BC/Kelowna? I see so many vehicles here that have blue and toxic smoke coming from their tailpipe. It seeps into...

Dear Cop - Right Of Way

Nov 19, 2004 / 3:17 pm

If you come to a stop sign at a thru street after the person on the opposite side has stopped at the opposing sign and is signaling his intention to turn left...

Dear Cop - Violations

Nov 17, 2004 / 3:30 pm

You have a most informative column. Am I guilty of an offence if I ride my bicycle through a stop sign without coming to a complete halt? How about a...

Dear Cop - Who Proceeds?

Nov 15, 2004 / 5:30 am

When approaching the intersection of Biggar Road and Glenmore Road there is a stop sign so I stop, I want to go straight across onto Cross Road, there is a car...

Dear Cop - License Plates

Nov 14, 2004 / 5:30 am

Why do drivers in BC have to have a license plate on the front of their vehicles, while some other provinces do not. I have asked other police officers and they...

Dear Cop - Do Not Proceed

Nov 14, 2004 / 5:30 am

I have been told that in the case of a controlled pedestrian - only traffic light, once the light turns red and the pedestrians have safely made it across the...

Dear Cop - Pro D Days

Nov 13, 2004 / 5:30 am

I am aware that school zones are in effect from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday, when school is in session. This obviously means that during vacation...

Dear Cop - Cut Through Parking

Nov 13, 2004 / 5:30 am

I often drive my husband to work in the early morning hours. When I arrive at the nearest intersection to the highway I usually cut through the parking lot of...

Dear Cop - Running Yellow Light

Nov 13, 2004 / 5:30 am

I am a truck driver, I was driving through a city in Alberta and one night was approaching a traffic light. It turned yellow and was written a ticket for...

Dear Cop - Entering Intersection

Nov 12, 2004 / 2:48 pm

Traffic on Harvey, heading towards the bridge, stops in the middle of the intersection of Harvey and Ellis as they wait to proceed. Often they block the...

Dear Cop - Motorized Wheelchairs

Nov 12, 2004 / 5:30 am

What a great idea this column is - thank you. I was wondering, those scooters used by the elderly/disabled, are they allowed on the streets? They are not...

Dear Cop - Crossing Solid Lines

Nov 11, 2004 / 5:30 am

I see so many people turning left over single solid and double solid lines to get into banks, driveways or restaurants. Is it permissible to cross a solid or...

Dear Cop - No Insurance

Nov 10, 2004 / 5:30 am

What happens if my vehicle is hit by someone who has no insurance, license or registration. Does this put me on the hook for vehicle repairs and/or personal...

Dear Cop - Right Of Way

Nov 9, 2004 / 11:38 am

When coming to an intersection, and there are stop signs on each side of a through road, I stop, signal to turn left, and the car across the through road is...

Dear Cop - Slow Down

Nov 9, 2004 / 11:36 am

My daughter goes to a local elementary school. I get to the school to get a parking spot because parking is at a premium. The longer I sit there and wait for...

Dear Cop - Photo Copy License

Nov 9, 2004 / 11:34 am

Our insurance agent mentioned to us that it is acceptable to keep a photo-copy only of your vehicle license within your vehicle. They also suggested that before...

Dear Cop - Reverse Turn

Nov 3, 2004 / 5:30 am

I have seen cars come to a light where there is a left turning lane, traffic light and a medium. When traffic is clear and on a green light they make a left...

Dear Cop - Turning Left

Nov 3, 2004 / 5:30 am

Is it legal to make a left turn on a green light when the left turn arrow is off, assuming there is no conflicting traffic? Example: Coming out of Rutland on...

Dear Cop - Painted Meridian

Nov 3, 2004 / 5:30 am

I would like to know if it is legal to cross a painted meridian? My neighbor""s home is located directly across from a painted meridian on Springfield Road and...