This morning is no different, Donald stop with his school bus lights flashing, Vehicles from either direction of the intersection stopped and waited while the children get on board, and we all know how slow these children can be, so everybody waits until finally they all got on board and Donald close the lights allowing the other motorists to get on their way, clearing the intersection before he could continue on through that intersection himself.
As soon as Donald finishes the turn from Laframboise to Deguire, there was a police car in front of him and he is thinking to himself; “where did he come from” he certainly did not pass through the intersection like the others did, and there is no other street in the vicinity off of while he could have come, which leave very few other possibilities so one was left to think that he probably was parked there all along. So now the police car is travelling ahead of the school bus along deguire, he (the cop) signaled his intention to turn on the approach to Rue Quenneville, Stop at the stop sign then turn onto that street, the school bus following behind did the same.
Quenneville turns left to become Marcotte, on the left side of this street there are a series of apartment buildings, to the right, is an open space (a park). Before continuing let’s bring you up-to-date on the prevailing condition at the time. This was in early February, in Montreal Quebec, the heights of winter. The grounds being covered with several inches (if not feet) of snow. Temperature ranging from the high teens to mid twenties.
On smaller inner city street, snow piles high until snow plows come to clear them. This particular locality was already plowed to allow for moderate vehicular circulation however, those vehicles which passed over the roads first after the snow plows, they set the pattern and whoever comes after tends to follow in their tracks.
That was precisely what was happening on this morning with Donald and the police car. The police car being in front of the school bus, being very careful to drive along the beaten path, having snow on this side and on that, snow also in the middle of the street one tries to keep the wheels of the vehicle in the beaten path of the tracks left by previous passing vehicles.
Now we continue the story. Both vehicles now driving along Rue Marcotte, the school bus behind the police car, the police car proceeds to pull off of the roadway towards an open parking space to the right side off of the street. Beside the park. While doing so, the car bumps and racks as the wheels climbs over the piles of snow in the middle and on the side of the road. The school bus slows down somewhat to allow him time to finish the maneuver then continues on it’s way.
After passing the police car which Donald assumed that they were intending to park. He noticed via his rearview mirror that the car pulled back onto the road and was following the bus. Making nothing of it he continued along Marcotte towards Rue Brochu, signaled R, stop at the stop sign then turn onto Brochu. The police car follow suite, on the approach to Meloche, Donald signal R, stop and turn onto Meloche, the cops follow suite then the flashing lights caught Donald’s attention.
Donald pulled over and stopped. One police officer came onto the steps of the school bus after donald opened the door and said; you passed me on the left down there! Donald did not respond in as much as a single word to that because to begin with, if the officer was implying that he overtook him by passing on the left, that is actually the proper way to do it in a jurisdiction where we drive on the right side, and in truth, the action that morning wasn’t a overtake, it was passing; passing a car which by all intents and purpose indicates that “he” intends to pull over and stop.
So now it would appears as if the officer realized that what said wasn’t an offence, he went on to say; you pass me in a reduced speed zone. Donald still didn’t respond because that too was not an offence anyway the officer asked for his license and registration which he gave him. After a while the officer came back with a ticket “and his papers” after taking them from the officer, Donald proceed to ask the police a question; Mister he said, do you feel within yourself like you’ve done well this morning? To which he replied; I’m doing it for the children, then he turned to walk away. Again Donald said mister to get his attention but this time he didn’t stop.
Donald wanted to ask him; since he's so concerned about the children, did he think about the one's who are waiting up ahead for their bus which is not coming because he holds it up here? So Donald continue his route. After dropping off his charge at the school, Donald parked his bus and then proceed to examine the ticket, and the first thing that caught his attention was; the place.
The place where he supposedly commit an offence; at the corner of Meloche and Brochu. The next thing was, the “offence” the driver commit an act which is susceptible to putting people’s lives at risk and thirdly, the amount. At the bottom of the ticket was a total in the sum of $430.00??? Donald’s jaw almost hit the floor. What on earth could that “act” possible be which he committed that warranted a ticket of such magnitude? After the moments which it took for him to recompose himself,
Donald went back over the info on the ticket upon seeing again where the “offence” was supposed to have happened he took out his pen and tick the box where it said; not guilty and then continue on his way to the garage to park his bus. All I did at the corner of Meloche and Brochu, Donald said to himself was obey the police's signal to stop, I can't see how under any law, or road/traffic code that constitute a crime/offence.
On the way there he rehearsed these things in his mind, why was he targeted? Because it certainly would appear as if he was , in his mind; that police car must have been parked there on the corner all the while he was there picking up those kids at the corner of Laframboise and Deguire, What could that “act" be that he is supposed to have committed? And why so much $? For those of you who are from other places in the world who don’t have working knowledge of the value of that $430.00 let’s try to put this in context. If and when one is travelling along some highways in Canada, one is likely to see signs posted along the way which warns motorists of the possible fines they may face if caught speeding.
These fines ranges from say,$110.00 for speeds of 20 KMH, over and above the prescribed speed limits to $295.00 for speeds of 60 over (give or take a few). Now even if one should add taxes of 15% to the highest of those amounts $295.00 Rounded off to the nearest $100.00 = 300.00 +tax $45.00 = $345.00. Still not yet $400.00 let alone $430.00. With all that said, Donald decided that he could not see any self-respecting judge telling him to pay that ticket so he mailed it to them with not even so much as an explanation, you know there is a place provided on the ticket where one may add info or further details if one is contesting a ticket,
Donald didn’t even bother, he will have his day he thought. On his arrival at the garage/office, Donald took the ticket to show his boss, T@#%*&. Was the response he got! What did you do? Nothing Donald reply. I wouldn’t pay it without a fight the boss said, you may not win but try anyway, T@%$&*%. He can’t win another person in the office said, it’s his word against their’s. Donald pointed out to them that he already started the process to contest it and further said that he can’t imagine any judge telling him to pay that one.
To be cont'd.