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24 Hours Vancouver - - FRONT PAGE - STEPHANIE IP

If you’ve ever cursed at a bad driver as they sped off and dis­ap­peared into traf­fic, there may be hope yet.

A Sur­rey man who left a trail of traf­fic com­plaints in his dust across the Lower Main­land over the past year has had his ve­hi­cle tracked down and im­pounded.

Po­lice said the driver first came to at­ten­tion af­ter sev­eral po­lice agen­cies be­gan log­ging “nu­mer­ous com­plaints” about the same white ve­hi­cle reg­is­tered to an owner in Sur­rey. The over­whelm­ing num­ber of re­ports phoned in by the pub­lic prompted po­lice to launch an un­der­cover op­er­a­tion to try and track down the driver in ac­tion.

On Sept. 7, a sev­eral traf­fic of­fi­cers spot­ted the ve­hi­cle leav­ing Sur­rey. Of­fi­cers who fol­lowed spot­ted a num­ber of traf­fic vi­o­la­tions be­fore later stop­ping the driver in Rich­mond. The 30-year-old Sur­rey man was then is­sued sev­eral vi­o­la­tion tick­ets and his ve­hi­cle was im­pounded for speed­ing.

The tick­ets is­sued to the driver were for both in­frac­tions wit­nessed that day and pre­vi­ous vi­o­la­tions re­ported by other driv­ers.

Sgt. Lorne Lecker with the Deas Is­land Traf­fice Ser­vices thanked the pub­lic who phoned in the var­i­ous in­frac­tions.

“From the sheer vol­ume of the com­plaints and the na­ture of the driv­ing in­volved, we had to go the ex­tra mile to in­ves­ti­gate th­ese con­cerns be­fore this ve­hi­cle caused a se­ri­ous col­li­sion,” said Lecker.

“If the pub­lic hadn’t brought this to our at­ten­tion, we may not have been aware of this risk, or had the suc­cess­ful re­sults that we achieved.”

Po­lice also turned the mat­ter over to Road­Safety B.C., re­sult­ing in a 13-month driv­ing ban for the driver.

FILE PHOTO

A Sur­rey man was pulled over, tick­eted, and his car im­pounded in Rich­mond on Septem­ber 7 af­ter he be­came the sub­ject for nu­mer­ous com­plaints over the course of a year across sev­eral ju­ris­dic­tions. The driver has also been handed a 13-month driv­ing ban.

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