It's bad enough that the Metro cops charged a Toronto store owner for defending his property against a shoplifter with a 30-year long record of victimizing his community. (At least they dropped the kidnapping charge, but at what point did that EVER make sense??)
But according to Brad Diamond, producer and host of TSN'S Motoring 2009, they are STILL charging drivers for something that is patently NOT illegal - flashing headlights to warn oncoming drivers of radar fishing holes.
Brad told me the other day that THREE of his friends have recently been ticketed for this. The Highway Traffic Act section the cops trot out is either the "alternating high beam" provision, which (a) does NOT describe what your lights do when you flash them; they do NOT "alternate" - right/left/right - they go on/off/on; and (b) was put into the HTA not to ambush drivers wishing to help the police slow speeders down but to prevent tow truck operators from using these police-car-style alternating high beams to try and get traffic out of their way so they can be first on the scene of a collision to hook the poor victims; or, the "failure to use dipped beams during daylight hours" provision, which is so ridiculous it would only even occur to a cop who is way behind on his quota.
Brad and I fought his "alternating" charge earlier this year; as soon as the prosecutor saw we were fighting it, all of a sudden "The Crown has no evidence to present in this case your Honour", even though we SAW the cop who laid the spurious charge just outside the court room. If they had no evidence, why was the charge laid in the first place? Because they know most people won't fight it, and if they do fight it, the Crown won't have a legal leg to stand on.
I cannot believe any Justice of the Peace would buy the "dipped beam" argument either, but my Dad, who was a lawyer, said you never know until the gavel drops.
My advice - if you get hit with either of these nonsense charges, FIGHT THEM.
No wonder the police refer to THEMSELVES as "The World's Largest Street Gang". I only wish they were joking.
Come on, boys and girls. If you're running these scams, who is going to take all those hand-held cell phone users off the streets?
Memo to Metro Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair: GET A GRIP!
At least, as far as I know, the Metro cops haven't sunk as low as this photo suggests the Halton Region cops have. For all a couple of photography experts I consulted can figure, this photo, taken in Georgetown, was NOT Photoshopped. BTW, the tiny print on the top of the sign on the car's roof? It does NOT say "TAXI" - it says "POLICE". At least they aren't lying - just being downright dirty.