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Grant on Global News at 6: B.C.’s distracted driving law could be adjusted after another ticket tossed out by court

The latest distracted driving ticket to get tossed out by a B.C. judge could lead to adjustments to the law itself, the province’s public safety minister says. The decision handed down in Victoria provincial court Tuesday concerned a Victoria woman who was fined for having her phone sitting on her lap while stopped at a red light in December 2018 in Esquimalt. … Grant Gottgetreu, a former road safety officer who worked for RCMP and police departments in West Vancouver…

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Grant Gottgetreu on the Lynda Steele Show: Full Podcast

“There is an offence under the Motor Vehicle Act called slow driving. People don’t know that… It is a fine and 3 points… There’s a difference between slow driving and doing the speed limit. If you’re behind somebody and they’re doing 50 in a 50 zone, they’re not slow driving, they’re actually doing the speed limit… Slow driving is subjective by the police. You have to decide what your threshold is. Mine was 10 to 15 kms under the speed…

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Grant Gottgetreu on the Lynda Steele Show: A disclaimer on headlights and tail lights!

Grant Gottgetreu joins the Lynda Steele Show to talk about vehicle safety. “As soon as they introduced daytime running lights, that’s when the problem was created. They didn’t link the two. (Before we had) the daytime running lights your dashboard lights would be off. So people would clue in and go ‘wait a minute, I’ve got to turn my lights on, I can’t see my dashboard lights.’… But now the dashboard lights are on when the daytime running lights are…

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Grant on Global News: Video captures hit-and-run driver slam head-on into parked car in Burnaby

A Burnaby woman is venting her frustration after a hit-and-run driver smashed head-on into her parked car, in an incident captured on security video. Jamie, who did not provide her last name out of safety concerns, said it happened Monday around 11:20 a.m. near Duthie Avenue and Curtis Street. … Grant Gottgetreu, a forensic consultant and retired West Vancouver police officer, said he had the same suspicions about the driver of the offending vehicle. But he said it would be…

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Grant on Global News: Excessive speeding follow-up: how many licences lost?

New data is shedding more light on the issue of excessive speeding in British Columbia. Every year, for the past three years, more than 2,100 motorists have been handed licence prohibitions for excessive speeding. … Forensic traffic consultant Grant Gottgetreu, a former West Vancouver police officer, says the problem of excessive speeding is worse than revealed by the numbers. “The numbers are actually higher than what’s actually being impounded, because a lot of officers are exercising roadside discretion,” he said….

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Grant Gottgetreu on The Jill Bennett Show: Intersection Speed Cameras

Jill Bennett: “What is your take on the fact that we are going to be seeing these cameras at various intersections in BC that have been deemed the highest risk?” “I feel a little better that it’s not photo radar, my understanding is it’s a different type of equipment that’s used. It has something to do with sensors and timing the vehicle between two points. However, I’m not as willing to accept the word of the government so graciously. I…

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Grant Gottgetreu on The Ryan Jespersen Show

Grant Gottgetreu, a Forensic Traffic Consultant and a retired police corporal discussed what the new impaired driving laws mean for police and drivers. He shared his views on the change of legislation based on his experiences. … “I am always suspicious when the government enacts a law that comes with a monetary penalty because it is like are you doing this for the greater good or you are doing this because you want to get money out of us? I…

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