I recently got a ticket for making a left turn into the wrong lane on King George Boulevard at 64th Avenue.
I've been driving for over 60 years and I never knew this was an offence. I've always been under the impression that you turn into the right lane if it is not occupied because that is the lane you are supposed to drive in except when overtaking.
Since then, I have made a point of watching what other drivers do and it appears that they went to the same driving school as I did.
When mentioning my ticket to other people their reaction was to laugh. No one gets a ticket for turning left they said but I did, and a lot of other drivers did that day too, because 20 minutes later, when returning past that same spot, the police officer was still pulling them over. Which begs the question why? Was that officer having a bad day and took his frustrations out on we poor drivers or is it a money grab. His manner when dealing with me certainly left a lot to be desired.
It is no wonder that the approval rate of the RCMP in B.C. is so low. I will not contest the fine - to do that I would have to travel to Richmond and likely spend two to three hours waiting to be called, which would take up most of the day.
At my age, my time is worth more than that. Maybe that's what they are banking on.
David Woodward, Surrey
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