Driving instructor gets his car towed after failing a basic security check

Coquitlam

2020-02-13 07:52 PST

File # 2020-3056

A Coquitlam RCMP officer stopped this car for running a stop sign.  The car had a large <q>student driver</q> sign on the rear 

View a high-resolution photo: A Coquitlam RCMP officer stopped this car for running a stop sign. The car had a large student driver sign on the rear 

On February 2, 2020, at 1:30 p.m., a Coquitlam RCMP Traffic Enforcement officer who stopped a car for running a stop sign got more than he expected.

The 44-year-old Coquitlam man who was driving, and who subsequently failed a roadside sobriety test, was a driving student who was in the middle of a lesson.

This may be a funny story, but we’re serious about keeping our community safe, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. It also shows why traffic stops are one of the most unpredictable things you can do as a police officer. Neither the driving student nor the instructor did their due diligence to be safe on the road. Our officer made sure to deliver immediate consequences.

The student had his learner’s licence suspended for 90 days and received a ticket for failing to stop for the stop sign. The driving instructor had his car impounded for 30 days. Both the driver and the driving school could face a review from ICBC.

Driving schools are one of the best ways to learn defensive driving, but there are some best practices:

Students:

Driving instructors:

The instructors, students and the people who pay for lessons should all be doing due diligence, says Corporal McLaughlin. It’s not often we tow a car with two steering wheels, but impaired is impaired. Everyone must be safe on the road.
 

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Cpl. Michael McLaughlin

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