Have you ever narrowly avoided a traffic collision thanks to a dangerous maneuver by another driver? Watched someone driving in a way that puts other drivers, cyclists and pedestrians in danger? Suspected you were following an impaired driver?
Reporting violations gives an officer the tools to act on your report and is always more effective when accompanied with three required pieces of information.
1. License plate of the vehicle (partial plates can be useful when combined with 2 & 3)
2. Description of the vehicle (make, color, model) and if possible, description of the driver
3. Where you’re located and the direction of travel
“While the RCMP and the police department in general kind of drives the bus of safety in the community, we need everybody on board helping us,” says Cpl Jodi Shelkie, adding “We really need the eyes and the reports of people out there on the road.”
Traffic complaints should be reported to the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at 250 787 8100, but Shelkie reminds drivers to first safely pull over before using your cell phone.
“If you have dust on your dashboard, I always say to people, write the license plate number in the dust so that it’s always there and you won’t forget it because it’s always hard to remember something like that,” explains Shelkie.
In the case of a suspected impaired driver who is still behind the wheel, don’t waste time and imminently call 911 with a license plate, description of vehicle, location where it was seen and the vehicle’s direction of travel.