Dear Cop - Expressing Anger

Are people allowed to express their anger to an officer when receiving a traffic ticket? If so, to what degree?

Nobody likes to be told they have made a mistake. Learning from ones mistakes is the first step in educating ourselves. It is not a police officers' job to drive your vehicle, that is up to you. If a small thing like a traffic ticket has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about you?

It is wise to direct your anger towards the problem that caused the ticket, not the police officer issuing it.

Constable R.A.(Richard) ASELTON
Central Okanagan Traffic Services - Media Liaison
Kelowna R.C.M.P. Detachment

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About the Author

Tim Schewe is a retired constable with many years of traffic law enforcement experience. He has been writing his column for most of the 20 years of his service in the RCMP.

The column was 'The Beat Goes On' in Fort St. John, 'Traffic Tips' in the South Okanagan and now 'Behind the Wheel' on Vancouver Island and here on Castanet.net.

Schewe retired from the force in January of 2006, but the column has become a habit, and continues.

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