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Old 12-22-2010, 10:00 PM   #1
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Under what circumstances..

.. is a police officer allowed to drive a police car at 40km/hr over the speed limit without any lights/sirens?
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because they are cops and don't care...

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.. is a police officer allowed to drive a police car at 40km/hr over the speed limit without any lights/sirens?
You saw the same guy I did tonight? Cop car blew the first red after the Patullo southbound on King George, going at least 100 km/h.. nice air over the bumps too. No lights, no sirens.

Almost smoked me too (I had the green).
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You saw the same guy I did tonight? Cop car blew the first red after the Patullo southbound on King George, going at least 100 km/h.. nice air over the bumps too. No lights, no sirens.

Almost smoked me too (I had the green).
No. Fortunately the one I saw was on the freeway, but he was moving really fast straight towards where the merge lane merged. (And it's not always easy to see the cars merging onto the freeway, especially when they merge on the white painted islands instead of waiting for the broken line)
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because they are cops and don't care...
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On the freeway? For the most part, I can't think of a good reason.
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On the freeway? For the most part, I can't think of a good reason.
If he was trying to catch up to another car for a traffic stop, could not using the lights until initiating the stop be a way to avoid a chase?
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The driver would have to be able to articulate the reasons below if called on it.

Exemption for emergency vehicles
122 (1) Despite anything in this Part, but subject to subsections (2) and (4), a driver of an emergency vehicle may do the following:

(a) exceed the speed limit;

(b) proceed past a red traffic control signal or stop sign without stopping;

(c) disregard rules and traffic control devices governing direction of movement or turning in specified directions;

(d) stop or stand.

(2) The driver of an emergency vehicle must not exercise the privileges granted by subsection (1) except in accordance with the regulations.

(3) [Repealed 1997-30-2.]

(4) The driver of an emergency vehicle exercising a privilege granted by subsection (1) must drive with due regard for safety, having regard to all the circumstances of the case, including the following:

(a) the nature, condition and use of the highway;

(b) the amount of traffic that is on, or might reasonably be expected to be on, the highway;

(c) the nature of the use being made of the emergency vehicle at the time.
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If he was trying to catch up to another car for a traffic stop, could not using the lights until initiating the stop be a way to avoid a chase?
Yes...it could
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.. Under what circumstances..
is a police officer allowed to drive a police car at 40km/hr over the speed limit without any lights/sirens?
if they are being attacked by a gang with machine guns who already shot the lights and sirens off the car. and are speeding away to save themselfs?...
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.. is a police officer allowed to drive a police car at 40km/hr over the speed limit without any lights/sirens?
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Excessive speed to catch a speeder. Love it. Thank you.
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Excessive speed to catch a speeder. Love it. Thank you.
You mean like killing someone who is trying to murder someone else?
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Soo I saw this scenario in richmond yesterday.. Driving east on stevston was following a older gen corolla in the left lane.. Cop was in the right lane.. Then all of a sudden cop slows down to 40km/hr, lights up and pulls a u-turn right away all within less than 3 seconds.. Luckily the corolla in the left lane had just enough time to brake and avoid the cop.. Plus cop almost smokes the curb at the other end of the lane..

Technically who would be at faut if a accident were to occure? I mean if the corolla didnt slam on his breaks he woulda t-boned the cop.
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You saw the same guy I did tonight? Cop car blew the first red after the Patullo southbound on King George, going at least 100 km/h.. nice air over the bumps too. No lights, no sirens.

Almost smoked me too (I had the green).
If this was roughly between ~9-11pm, I believe he was headed to the scene of an accident which was located between 98 and 100ave. Cops, ambulance, and fire trucks were there. The cop definately should have had his lights on at least, IMO. I was going about 70 when he passed me on the right.
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You mean like killing someone who is trying to murder someone else?
Very different situation. If you need to shoot someone in the moments before he goes from being a someone to a murderer then by all means, fire away and save a life.
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I'm sure if there was a way of catching up to someone who was going faster than you are, without actually going faster than they were, I'm sure that some new laws of physics would have to be discovered first?
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I'm sure if there was a way of catching up to someone who was going faster than you are, without actually going faster than they were, I'm sure that some new laws of physics would have to be discovered first?
it's possible if you add angles and direction
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I'm sure if there was a way of catching up to someone who was going faster than you are, without actually going faster than they were, I'm sure that some new laws of physics would have to be discovered first?
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it's possible if you add angles and direction
Cutting corners and taking short cuts.
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.. is a police officer allowed to drive a police car at 40km/hr over the speed limit without any lights/sirens?
when their sirens are broken.
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How about if you are directly behind them???
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Not for HAVING an opinion... but for always being an annoying douche about sharing it.
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the chances of finding out why cops disregard traffic laws without light is close to nil. no point in asking revscene.
He couldve been responding to a incident nearby that required silent approach or some shit.
we have to be ok with cops disregarding any traffic rules b/c we will never know what the circumstances were.

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I'm sure if there was a way of catching up to someone who was going faster than you are, without actually going faster than they were, I'm sure that some new laws of physics would have to be discovered first?
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