Hockey dad ob­jects to $353 ticket

North Bay Nugget - - OPINION -

To the ed­i­tor:

Thank you for a won­der­ful week­end at the Ice boltz hockey tour­na­ment on Nov. 3-5. Two con­sec­u­tive years my daugh­ter’s team made it through to the fi­nals... and suc­cess­fully we won this year.

The venues, friend­li­ness and com­pe­ti­tion have been fan­tas­tic and I would ad­vo­cate this tour­na­ment to any­one who is look­ing and/or hasn’t vis­ited North bay.

Two con­sec­u­tive years we’ve left your fine city late in the day. Luck­ily, last year I drove with a po­lice of­fi­cer who did all the driv­ing.

This year it was my turn to take the wheel. I got pulled over only 20 min­utes or so from leav­ing North bay by an on­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice of­fi­cer. I won’t ad­vo­cate my to­tal in­no­cence of speed­ing, but would ar­gue that I was trav­el­ling with the nor­mal flow of traf­fic, not pass­ing and ad­just­ing with traf­fic as re­quired.

To hear that an­other fa­ther was also pulled over in the same area, I be­gin to grow sus­pi­cious. Con­sid­er­ing we travel, by and large, as a con­voy hav­ing left roughly same time, the com­ments and feed­back from other par­ents are to hard to ig­nore.

Con­sid­er­ing I drive for a liv­ing to Toronto weekly and have never been as­sessed a speed­ing ticket or threat­ened with stunt driv­ing is baf­fling.

To have it sug­gested I was do­ing al­most 50 km/h over the limit, threaten to have my li­cence taken away and have the ve­hi­cle ceased put me in a vul­ner­a­ble po­si­tion on the side of a dark on­tario high­way more than 400 kilo­me­tres from my house.

The cost of gas each way, a night in a ho­tel, time off work (again) - it was cheaper to pay the ticket and move on. I wanted to ex­press my opin­ion and con­cern as this could im­pact my in­volve­ment and/or de­sire to come back to this tour­na­ment and your city in gen­eral.

If I didn’t have three daugh­ters in five tour­na­ments in the month of Novem­ber, I cer­tainly would have ex­er­cised my right to de­fend my­self. I sim­ply don’t have the bud­get or time, so the lesser evil was to pay the fine of $353 plus $3 pro­cess­ing fee.

Barry Devine

Ot­tawa

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