Distracting drivers

Before legislators came out with distracted driver legislation, I invented it by first defining what can distract a driver...

I’m a proud police officer that can  inform the public that before legislators came out with distracted driver legislation, I invented it by first defining what can distract a driver. Two separate incidents happened, both in a police vehicle, while I was a passenger. The first victim was my friend John. We were driving back from a seminar in Cranbrook. We came on a piece of highway that had a reputation as an elk hangout. We came upon probably the largest group of elk that I have ever seen and I noticed John concentrating on looking to the left in amazement of all the elk. He was not looking ahead on the road and he commented there must be 200 elk in that field. I yelled at the top of my lungs in utmost fear, “201 counting the freagin’ one in the middle of the road!”

Panic in his face, slam on the brakes, four wheel skid, face to the window. As he looked over to me I responded “just kidding.” Distracted driver, you bet.

The second incident involved Larry driving this time, again while coming back again from a seminar in Cranbrook. With a hot Tim Hortons coffee in my hand, I nod off. My hand relaxes obviously, and all of a sudden I scream out very loud realizing my crotch is burning and on fire. Now, when you nod off and go into a deep sleep then wake up like that, there is no recollection you were holding a hot cup of coffee. All you know is your crotch is burning in pain and you don’t know why. Guys don’t like that kind of unknown.

Larry, he screams out “What” and almost hits the ditch.  Then he’s all laughter and can’t control himself.  Distracted driver, you bet.

Marko Shehovac is Staff Sgt. for the Columbia Valley RCMP

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

The end of an Echo

Invermere Valley Echo shuts down operations in Columbia Valley

Creating a new narrative for Canal Flats

Economic development consultant hired, lists vision for next 90 days

UPDATE: Crews battle as wildfires rage in B.C. Interior

Crews brace for another day on B.C. firelines as no let up is likely

VIDEO: B.C. wildfires by the numbers

Wildfires continue to engulf regions of B.C.’s forests and communities.

VIDEO: More than 180 wildfires burning across B.C.

Firefighters from other provinces called in to assist

DTSS Grad March 2017

DTSS Grad March 2017

59 cats seized in Chase

59 neglected and injured cats were seized from a property in Chase

Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell dead at age 52

The singer/songwriter passed away early Thursday morning in Detroit

Paying tribute to a primeval passage

Uninterrupted celebrates the Adams River sockeye run in an extraordinary way.

UPDATE: Pemberton Music Festival cancelled, no automatic refunds

In the past, the music festival located in Pemberton drew large crowds last year of 180,000 fans

Medical wait times cost B.C. patients $2,300 each

New Fraser Institute report places B.C. at second worst in costs associated with long wait times

UPDATE: 22 killed at Ariana Grande concert

Witnesses reported hearing two loud bangs coming from near the arena’s bars at about 10:35 p.m.

One in three Canadian high school students have rode with drinking drivers, study reveals

Nearly one in five rode with a driver who’d been smoking pot

Top court to hear federal government’s appeal on residential school records

A lower court judge ruled to destroy the stories after 15 years unless consent is given to preserve

Most Read