To put it up front this isn't a question rather a short story and my appreciation for the reasonableness of an RCMP officer.
Spent the evening on UBC campus shooting the breeze with a couple old friends. No alcohol involved. Headed off campus on the way home around 2am. Bike is riding on fumes, for the cbr riders out there I had all four bars flashing and a ways to go to the nearest late-night gas station. Leave the village on University Blvd heading towards the shell at Broadway and Arbutus. There's a set of car lights behind me but my mind is on one thing and one thing only, getting to the gas station. The red and blues turn on in my mirror. Pull over safely onto the shoulder. Turn the bike off including the lights (I figure if I was a cop it would put me at ease that the guy isn't going to run). Officer walks up. Asks where I'm coming from while clearly checking my eyes and response for alcohol/drugs. Then tells me I was going a little fast. I apologize and enquire about my speed: "about 65" in a 50 zone. Asks for my license, it's an Alberta license (I'm still a full-time student) and asks me why I haven't changed over, and I proceed to explain the student thing. He heads back to his car. Does his little computer thing. 1 minor ticket in the last 4 years in BC, nothing else outstanding. After 5 or 10 minutes comes back to the bike, says that he will let me off with a warning this time but that I really need to watch my speed. He pulls out, makes a u-turn, and heads back to the village.
THANKYOU! Thankyou for the break. While I would have understood if you had given me a ticket I appreciate that you concern for public safety and order (checking for drunk drivers / unlicensed squids borrowing their buddies bike for a late-night joyride / stolen bikes) outweighs having to meet a certain ticket quota.
Secondly, cops here are so much friendlier and less intimidating than the ones in Alberta (where I'm from). The few times I've been pulled over in this province (the other times being drunk driving checkstops) I've always been impressed with how decent and non-macho the officers are. The couple times I've been pulled over in Calgary the officers acted like they really had something to prove.
Anyone else notice a difference between lower mainland cops and those from across the country?