This evening, coming eastbound from Horseshoe Bay on Marine Drive, I was following a dark Jeep Cherokee. It wasn't going all that slow, but when I got a chance on a single yellow line, I signalled, passed, signalled back, and tucked in in front. A nice, legal, well-signalled, pleasant little execution, thought I!
The flashing red and blue lights suggested that Mr. Cherokee wasn't as as pleased as I was, post-pass. I pulled over right away, and before he said a word I asked "I'm OK to pass on a single yellow, correct?". "No", he said.
WHAAA? I decided not to argue as he pointed out that my pass was on a rise and somebody could have been coming the other way at high speed over the crest of the hill. Certainly, this is true, but I factored all that into my pass, and my pass was very safe.
In any case, he said he was only giving me a "warning" , which I thanked him for (warning of what, a legal pass? ). But I think the real reason he pulled me over was to do a licence check, and I gave him cause by passing on the low road. So fair enough all around, he was a good guy. (And I bet he knows that passing on single yellow is legal!).
Anyway, blah blah, my reason for the post is that I'm pretty good at spotting unmarked police vehicles, and this one caught me cold. Dark blue Cherokee (not the bulbous Grand Cherokee, the smaller more angular Cherokee they made from 1984 to 2001). So watch out for it!
The West Van police (in my experience good guys generally) also have a Dodge Durango (dark green I think) they use on the highway.