Sent: September 10, 2010 5:29:45 PM
Hon. Mike de Jong
I thank you for your work as Minister of Public Safety and appreciate the complexities of the job at hand. Please hear me, as I speak for many more that are unaware of the voice that they have and/or the problem that has arisen.
I have been made aware of Bill 14 recently and have reviewed it. It is my opinion that the Bill is not written in a way that respects the intent of the laws. The Bill must not ensnare the innocent yet I believe this will be the unintended outcome. I take no issue with the majority of the Bill and would promote much of it as helpful for increasing the safety of our roads. I lay issue with a large portion of section 250 and 251 of the Bill that lends power to the peace officer to impound a vehicle for infractions that seem to clearly cross a line of endangerment. The issue is that the line is not in fact set at a level of endangerment but at an arbitrarily chosen point. Please review the following excerpts and examples for consideration:
"Outdistancing or attempting to outdistance one or more other motor vehicles" is something that is done by every driver, every day and cannot be considered "racing" in many circumstances. Similarly, "driving at excessive speed in order to arrive at or attempt to arrive at a given destination ahead of one or more other motor vehicles" is also not necessarily "racing." "Causing any or all of the motor vehicle's tires to lift from the road surface" and "causing the motor vehicle to lose traction while turning the motor vehicle" as well as "slowing or stopping the motor vehicle in a manner that prevents other motor vehicles from passing or in a manner that blocks or impedes other motor vehicles" do not constitute stunting in many cases. If a motorcycle accidentally lifts the front wheel upon acceleration from a stop light, if a motor vehicle slips on a slick of oil, or if a motor vehicle simply depresses the brake we are subject to impound under the proposed definition of "stunting."
These judgments are made only with disregard for due process and property rights while ignoring the intent of the law.
I ride a motorcycle, and I am sure the majority of complaints will come from other motorcyclists due to the involvement of the British Columbia Coalition of Motorcycles. The unfortunate problem is that the general public will not be aware of how this affects them as they do not have an advocacy group protecting their general rights in the way that BCCOM does, and only see the surface of the issue. That is, they will be unaware until they inadvertently cross these tenuous lines and become a victim of the poorly constructed Bill.