A speeding Uber driver in Vancouver thought they could get out of an expensive fine by blaming their customers.
Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit Sgt. Mark Christensen took to Twitter on Nov. 27 to share an image of the speed the Uber driver was recorded going when they were pulled over. They were clocked driving a whopping 54 km/h over the limit and tried to blame the excessive speed on their customers.
"Don't blame it on your passengers!" exclaimed Christensen in the tweet. "The $368 fine and 7-day vehicle impound just doesn’t seem enough when you are a 'professional' driver!
If you are an @uber driver, driving 54 kmh over the speed limit, DON’T BLAME IT ON YOUR PASSENGERS! The $368 fine and 7 day vehicle impound just doesn’t seem enough when you are a “professional” driver! @VancouverPD @ChiefPalmer @VPDTrafficUnit @DeputyChow pic.twitter.com/zOIAcJPMbh— Sgt Mark Christensen (@baldguy1363) November 27, 2021
In a comment to his original post, Christensen notes: "According to the law, 1 km over [the] limit is speeding. However, every officer sets their own tolerance depending on road conditions, weather, location, etc."
He adds that the "tolerance in school/playground, construction zones are usually lower than other areas," too.
Speeding driver tells Metro Vancouver police officer to 'focus on the drugs and alcohol killing people' instead
While some drivers make up excuses for their behaviour, others tell traffic enforcement officers to change what they are doing instead.
Metro Vancouver Transit Police officers recently pulled over a driver who was speeding 53 km/h over the limit, and the individual asked "why police don't do their job [and] focus on the drugs [and] alcohol killing people."
Naturally, the point wasn't well-received and Transit Police noted in a Twitter post that there were a staggering 252 fatal traffic collisions in 2019 in B.C. and speed was the biggest contributing factor.