In the beginning of September, I received a letter from ICBC informing me that because I had received 2, 24 hour roadside suspensions in July and August of this year, my license would be under review if I received another 24 hr or any other infraction.
This was most confusing as I have never been issued a 24 hour suspension in my life. The last speeding tkt I “earned” was 6 years ago. Needless to say I was pretty upset.
I called the number provided on the letter and spoke to the call centre staff. I told them my story and after a lot of back and forth (very helpful I might add) they sent me an impersonation package.
I received the package containing various forms and declarations and also photocopies of the two tkts in question. The drill was to fill out the various forms and send them back to ICBC. I was also told to contact the issuing officers to prove that I was not the person they dealt with on the nights in question.
It was very apparent from the beginning that someone had given my name to the police. The tickets were issued in New West and Burnaby. I live downtown. They were issued late at night. I have a 17 month old son who makes sure I am in bed, exhausted, by about 9:15pm. I was asleep beside my wife at the time.
Here is how this went down. The person is pulled over and provides my name claiming that they don’t have their license on them. The officer asks for the security word attached to their license. (your mother’s maiden name. Remember that question ?) And it is correctly given to the officer. The officer issues the relevant tickets, and here we are.
It turns out that my brother is the person involved. Without to much detail, he has made some very poor choices in his life that have been very painful for my family. This is just the latest example.
Obviously he knows my security word. He knows my address. Possibly other info that may have been asked by the officers to confirm identity.
The only way I found out about this is that he got two 24 hr suspensions within a certain period of time and the letter that kicked all this off was sent to me.
I have met one of the officers and he has confirmed that I was not the person he dealt with on the night in question. (I look nothing like my brother) He has sent the documentation to have the tickets canceled. (there was a failure to produce and a running a stop sign ticket as well)
This has kicked off investigations by ICBC and the police. Which will lead to a criminal impersonation charge for my brother. I will still be dealing with the other officer on the other ticket at some point in the future which will most likely mean another criminal charge.
According to ICBC this type of thing is fairly frequent and happening more all the time.
I would caution you to change your security word if you think that this scenario could play out for you.
A total hassle.