... The Editor,
I am the first to bash the RCMP for their ineptness. And I'm almost the first to criticize them when they hand out tickets for seemingly meaningless offences.
However, I take huge exception to David Woodward's views. In giving him a ticket, the RCMP were sending him (and all the other drivers) a message that there are people like me who might be turning right into that lane that you 'assumed' was the proper lane.
Thank goodness for all of us who practice safe driving and avoid collisions when others assume. When turning left, you must turn into the lane closest to the centre line (centre lane to centre lane). Then when I am going the opposite direction to you and in the curb lane, I turn right from curb lane to curb lane. Imagine how much faster the traffic would flow if we could count on people doing this. And by the way, yes I am guilty of doing things incorrectly too.
Don't bash the RCMP for correcting driver assumptions. Keep up to date on laws and safe driving practices.
Owen Barclay, Surrey