- eastbound on Marine Drive, Vancouver
- I was riding my KLR650 moderately faster than the flow of traffic, not stupidly so but enough to justify a ticket
- I spotted a VPD motorcycle parked on a side street, with the officer standing at the corner pointing his radar gun directly at me
- by the time I noticed it was too late and I was in his sights and being clocked.
- southbound on King George Highway in Surrey
- I was in my car, and made a U-turn around 62nd, when the headlights of oncoming traffic were quite a ways up the hill still
- I completed the U-turn, travelled a few seconds northbound and then on came the red-and-blues of a marked RCMP cruiser, he was obviously in the group of oncoming traffic.
Both times they had me stone-cold.
However, in the first instance the VPD officer lowered his radar and signalled me with both hands to slow down. He could have just as easily stopped and ticketed me (I'm not a runner and never will be). I waved back a big thanks for the break.
This morning, after pulling me over and checking my ID the Surrey RCMP officer told me, quite accurately, why I shouldn't be U-turning especially at that spot. He was courteous throughout, and handed me back my papers without the tell-tale blue slip.
That's two warnings for two obvious infractions within 24 hours. I just want to say thanks to the two officers for not nailing me, and yes I'm going to be smarter about how I go about my day in traffic.
Keep your heads up people and don't be stupid, the police are everywhere. And there's no glory in getting tickets, fines and points.