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American driving a rental car with Washington license charged with speeding in BC

Old Sep 14th 2002, 9:04 pm
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Question American driving a rental car with Washington license charged with speeding in BC

While on vacation in the central BC, I was charged with speeding 30 km over the 110 km limit posted on the freeway. However, the enforcement officer picked me out of a group of 3 or 4 vehicles driving downhill on a straight portion of the freeway.
From his remarks I could feel that I was singled out because I was the only one with the US license plates.
Now, I'm quite reluctant to pay that fine. If it were closer to home, I'd request a court hearing, but driving 7 hrs one way to a small town in central BC or hiring a lawyer over there doesn't make any sense to me.

Does anybody know what are the repercussions of not paying the ticket?
Does BC have any traffic agreement with Washington State?

Would it ever show up on my Washington driving record, whether I pay it or not?

Would my insurance be affected?

I was driving a rental car and visit BC maybe once every 3 years.

That was the only speeding ticket that I got anywhere within the last 20 years.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much.

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Old Sep 15th 2002, 2:06 am
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87 mph? In a foreign country? While on vacation? Is this the way you
drive at home?

"bbo" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > While on vacation in the central BC, I was charged with speeding 30
    > km over the 110 km limit posted on the freeway. However, the
    > enforcement officer picked me out of a group of 3 or 4 vehicles
    > driving downhill on a straight portion of the freeway.
    > From his remarks I could feel that I was singled out because I was
    > the only one with the US license plates.
    > Now, I'm quite reluctant to pay that fine. If it were closer to home,
    > I'd request a court hearing, but driving 7 hrs one way to a small
    > town in central BC or hiring a lawyer over there doesn't make any
    > sense to me.
    > Does anybody know what are the repercussions of not paying the ticket?
    > Does BC have any traffic agreement with Washington State?
    > Would it ever show up on my Washington driving record, whether I pay
    > it or not?
    > Would my insurance be affected?
    > I was driving a rental car and visit BC maybe once every 3 years.
    > That was the only speeding ticket that I got anywhere within the
    > last 20 years.
    > Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    > Thank you very much.
    > BBO
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Old Sep 15th 2002, 5:19 am
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Pat Keith a =E9crit:
    > 87 mph? In a foreign country? While on vacation? Is this the way you=

    > drive at home?

What's wrong with this?
 
Old Sep 15th 2002, 6:32 am
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bbo plucked Senior Frog's Magic Twanger and said on 09/14/2002 5:04 PM:

    >While on vacation in the central BC, I was charged with speeding 30
    >km over the 110 km limit posted on the freeway. However, the
    >enforcement officer picked me out of a group of 3 or 4 vehicles
    >driving downhill on a straight portion of the freeway.
    >From his remarks I could feel that I was singled out because I was
    >the only one with the US license plates.
    >Now, I'm quite reluctant to pay that fine. If it were closer to home,
    >I'd request a court hearing, but driving 7 hrs one way to a small
    >town in central BC or hiring a lawyer over there doesn't make any
    >sense to me.
    >Does anybody know what are the repercussions of not paying the ticket?
    >Does BC have any traffic agreement with Washington State?
    >Would it ever show up on my Washington driving record, whether I pay
    >it or not?
    >Would my insurance be affected?
    >I was driving a rental car and visit BC maybe once every 3 years.
    >That was the only speeding ticket that I got anywhere within the
    >last 20 years.
    >Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    >Thank you very much.
    >BBO
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Old Sep 15th 2002, 7:30 am
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I have read the 'posts' so far, and no one has mentioned that the rental
company in the US will know it when you turn the car in, or contact you
when you get home. They have to pay, and will want it from you.

How you handle the rental company is up to you.

We are all curious: How much is the fine?







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Old Sep 15th 2002, 12:20 pm
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"bbo" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > While on vacation in the central BC, I was charged with speeding 30
    > km over the 110 km limit posted on the freeway. However, the
    > enforcement officer picked me out of a group of 3 or 4 vehicles
    > driving downhill on a straight portion of the freeway.

Thats the way it goes sometimes

    > From his remarks I could feel that I was singled out because I was
    > the only one with the US license plates.

Could be

    > Now, I'm quite reluctant to pay that fine. If it were closer to home,
    > I'd request a court hearing, but driving 7 hrs one way to a small
    > town in central BC or hiring a lawyer over there doesn't make any
    > sense to me.

So pay the ticket

    > Does anybody know what are the repercussions of not paying the ticket?
    > Does BC have any traffic agreement with Washington State?
    > Would it ever show up on my Washington driving record, whether I pay
    > it or not?
    > Would my insurance be affected?
    > I was driving a rental car and visit BC maybe once every 3 years.
    > That was the only speeding ticket that I got anywhere within the
    > last 20 years.
    > Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Pay the ticket.

Keith
 
Old Sep 15th 2002, 4:13 pm
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Don't take the following as expert advice, but I believe that BC and WA
have reciprocal agreements covering each other's speeding tickets, which
is why I (a BC resident) have always paid my WA tickets over the years.
Never paid a ticket for other states, though. This will not affect you
when crossing the border as far as I know, as a normal speeding ticket
(even unpaid) is not a criminal matter and should therefore not show up
on border checks. However, your license to drive in BC may be revoked,
so if you get nabbed driving here, you may find yourself cooling your
heels in a local pogey until the fine is paid. Your call. JOHN

bbo wrote:
    > While on vacation in the central BC, I was charged with speeding 30
    > km over the 110 km limit posted on the freeway. However, the
    > enforcement officer picked me out of a group of 3 or 4 vehicles
    > driving downhill on a straight portion of the freeway.
    > From his remarks I could feel that I was singled out because I was
    > the only one with the US license plates.
    > Now, I'm quite reluctant to pay that fine. If it were closer to home,
    > I'd request a court hearing, but driving 7 hrs one way to a small
    > town in central BC or hiring a lawyer over there doesn't make any
    > sense to me.
    > Does anybody know what are the repercussions of not paying the ticket?
    > Does BC have any traffic agreement with Washington State?
    > Would it ever show up on my Washington driving record, whether I pay
    > it or not?
    > Would my insurance be affected?
    > I was driving a rental car and visit BC maybe once every 3 years.
    > That was the only speeding ticket that I got anywhere within the
    > last 20 years.
    > Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    > Thank you very much.
    > BBO
    > --
    > Posted via http://britishexpats.com
 
Old Sep 16th 2002, 5:43 am
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They probably have receiprocal agreement with Washington.


"Keith Willshaw" <[email protected]_NoSpam.demon.co.uk> wrote in message
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    > "bbo" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    ...
    > >
    > > While on vacation in the central BC, I was charged with speeding 30
    > > km over the 110 km limit posted on the freeway. However, the
    > > enforcement officer picked me out of a group of 3 or 4 vehicles
    > > driving downhill on a straight portion of the freeway.
    > Thats the way it goes sometimes
    > > From his remarks I could feel that I was singled out because I was
    > > the only one with the US license plates.
    > Could be
    > > Now, I'm quite reluctant to pay that fine. If it were closer to home,
    > > I'd request a court hearing, but driving 7 hrs one way to a small
    > > town in central BC or hiring a lawyer over there doesn't make any
    > > sense to me.
    > >
    > So pay the ticket
    > > Does anybody know what are the repercussions of not paying the ticket?
    > > Does BC have any traffic agreement with Washington State?
    > >
    > > Would it ever show up on my Washington driving record, whether I pay
    > > it or not?
    > >
    > > Would my insurance be affected?
    > >
    > > I was driving a rental car and visit BC maybe once every 3 years.
    > >
    > > That was the only speeding ticket that I got anywhere within the
    > > last 20 years.
    > >
    > > Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    > >
    > Pay the ticket.
    > Keith
 
Old Sep 16th 2002, 11:38 am
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In article <[email protected]>,
[email protected] (I. Wilson Gittleman, M.D.) wrote:

    > I have read the 'posts' so far, and no one has mentioned that the rental
    > company in the US will know it when you turn the car in, or contact you
    > when you get home. They have to pay, and will want it from you.
    > How you handle the rental company is up to you.

The rental company will almost certain place a charge for the
fine on the renter's credit card and not make any effort to
contact the renter.
 
Old Sep 16th 2002, 4:20 pm
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Me wrote:
    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > [email protected] (I. Wilson Gittleman, M.D.) wrote:
    > > I have read the 'posts' so far, and no one has mentioned that the rental
    > > company in the US will know it when you turn the car in, or contact you
    > > when you get home. They have to pay, and will want it from you.
    > >
    > > How you handle the rental company is up to you.
    > The rental company will almost certain place a charge for the
    > fine on the renter's credit card and not make any effort to
    > contact the renter.

True in the case of parking tickets, where the car is actually fined.
I've never had a speeding ticket charged back by a rental car company,
however, as the fine is against me personally. JOHN
 
Old Sep 16th 2002, 5:43 pm
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BTW, if it was a rental BC may try to collect from the rental agency, in
which case the rental agency may take it out of your charge card.


"bbo" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
.com
...
    > While on vacation in the central BC, I was charged with speeding 30
    > km over the 110 km limit posted on the freeway. However, the
    > enforcement officer picked me out of a group of 3 or 4 vehicles
    > driving downhill on a straight portion of the freeway.
    > From his remarks I could feel that I was singled out because I was
    > the only one with the US license plates.
    > Now, I'm quite reluctant to pay that fine. If it were closer to home,
    > I'd request a court hearing, but driving 7 hrs one way to a small
    > town in central BC or hiring a lawyer over there doesn't make any
    > sense to me.
    > Does anybody know what are the repercussions of not paying the ticket?
    > Does BC have any traffic agreement with Washington State?
    > Would it ever show up on my Washington driving record, whether I pay
    > it or not?
    > Would my insurance be affected?
    > I was driving a rental car and visit BC maybe once every 3 years.
    > That was the only speeding ticket that I got anywhere within the
    > last 20 years.
    > Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    > Thank you very much.
    > BBO
    > --
    > Posted via http://britishexpats.com
 
Old Sep 16th 2002, 6:16 pm
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    > True in the case of parking tickets, where the car is actually fined.
    > I've never had a speeding ticket charged back by a rental car company,
    > however, as the fine is against me personally. JOHN

Perhaps not quite. Do you recall photo radar? The driver was not identified at
the time of the offense, but I believe that the owner was assumed to be the
driver and was the one who received the ticket. In the case of company
vehicles, the company was responsible for the fine (and might ask for
reimbursement), but no points were handed out. Might have the same scenario
here, but I'm not a lawyer.

My guess is that the rental company will make a charge against the credit card

Paul
 
Old Sep 22nd 2002, 6:32 am
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You are the man.

Thanks John
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