On Sunday, February 2, a 44-year-old B.C. student driver and his teacher got pulled over by Coquitlam RCMP at 1:30 p.m. while they were in the middle of their driving lesson. They were stopped by the Traffic Enforcement Officer for having run right through a stop sign. In an unexpected turn of events, the student driver then went on to fail a roadside sobriety test.
As a result, the student driver got his learner's license suspended for 90 days and got a ticket for not stopping at the stop sign.
The driving teacher, who owned the car, also faced immediate consequences for this incident. His car was seized and impounded by the RCMP for 30 days.
Vancouver has experienced quite a few cases of unruly, illegal driving, but this is a whole new level.
In the Coquitlam RCMP's press release, they provide more details on the incident and what drivers can learn from it.
This may be a funny story, but we’re serious about keeping our community safe said Corporal Michael McLaughlin in the statement.
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.
What has six wheels, two drivers, and just got towed? https://t.co/7SZBDe5TOc https://t.co/ord0U7qeEN— CQ RCMP (@CQ RCMP)1581609812.0
The official Coquitlam RCMP twitter made a joke about the incident, saying "What has six wheels, two drivers, and just got towed?."
The tweet included a photo of the Traffic officer standing by the car that got pulled over.
According to the press release, both the driver and the driving school could face a review from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia.
Therefore, Coquitlam RCMP issued a set of guidelines and suggestions regarding driving in the same press release.
They urge civilians to "research the driving school" and go for the best one they can afford.
For driving instructors, they stress teaching defensive driving skills rather than just teaching students about how they can "pass the test."
According to the National Safety Council, defensive driving focuses on other aspects of driving beyond the simple mechanical rules.
Drivers should be able to evaluate road conditions, possibilities of collisions, and how unexpected situations can emerge on the road.
In his conclusion, Corporal McLaughlin said that instructors, drivers, and those who are paying for the lessons should always do their due diligence.