Sorry if this is a repost
Cops have licences suspended for speeding on motorcycles
Three RCMP members from the Prince George detachment have been disciplined for speeding together on motorcycles while off duty, The Citizen has learned.
The incident happened May 15 on a rural road west of town. A Mountie on highway patrol pulled them over for driving infractions including speeding.
Insp. Eric Brewer, commander of RCMP traffic services in northern B.C., was not available for comment.
All charges laid were under the Motor Vehicle Act, according to RCMP sources. The members each had their driver's licence suspended for four months - a punishment said to be consistent with similar infractions by motorcycle riders in B.C.
"I don't really think it will be a burden. They can move things around and arrange the teams to accommodate," said Prince George RCMP spokesman Const. Gary Godwin regarding the loss of the three members to driving duties.
"There are lots of jobs for members to do that wouldn't involve driving. Call Manager is a desk job, there are two members on every watch who are assigned to patrol downtown on foot to augment our reserve constables on foot patrol. They can go along on calls with members who do drive; there are plenty of tasks that require sworn members but do not require driving and they will still be on duty."
A number of police officers were asked about the situation and although they all wanted to remain anonymous, the consensus was the three members involved should be treated the same as any other driver.
Some said it was embarrassing to many on the force and they were outright angry about the conduct of the trio. Others said they were worried punishment over and above normal civilian consequences had been applied to the three simply because they were RCMP members.
What would happen if it was you or me?