Sneaky undercover traffic cops using novice-driver stickers
So there I was on the westbound Broadway bus near Granville Street a few weeks ago, just past morning rush hour, when some flashing lights caught my eye.
It looked like a routine police traffic stop, except the vehicle with the emergency lights was a nondescript silver compact (I didn’t see the make or model name) instead of the usual totally makeable ghost car.
This little car was a bit scruffy, actually, with the cop lights tucked into the inside upper back window, which would probably make them invisible when not activated.
What really got my attention, though, was the big green “N” sticker on the rear, signifying a novice driver. That was taking it a bit far, I thought, maybe even past sneaky.
Const. Brian Montague, one of the VPD’s media people, said today that the use of such cars was nothing new. “I don’t know the year we started using them; I know we’ve been using them for some time,” he confirmed.
He also said the fact that they were out in the open with flashing lights showed that they weren’t attempting to be too sneaky.
But do people not only let their guard down a bit when they see one of those prominent green stickers but also possibly commit traffic infractions to get the better of what they assume is an inexperienced (and perhaps intimidated) driver who either won’t “retaliate” or perhaps even notice what is going on?
Hard to say, but if so, wouldn’t that constitute entrapment to some degree?
Regardless, if you are thinking of making that illegal turn near a small car with one of those stickers, watch for this licence plate: AS 5977.