Stuck on a SkyTrain? Touch a door and transit cops will bust your ass
Remember when impatient and stranded transit passengers forced open SkyTrain doors last month during some lengthy shutdowns?
They jumped down and walked along the guideways to the nearest stations in several instances.
If it happens again, though, you may want to resist the temptation to get to work or home a little quicker: transit police might be waiting to write you $230 worth of tickets.
We're not sure why anyone would want to reenact the trestle scene from Stand By Me in the first place. Why take a chance of slipping onto a 600-volt power rail and ending up like the dead guy those movie kids were looking for?
In a news release today (August 11), Metro Vancouver Transit Police warned that because of recent incidents where passengers have forced doors open "and entered the guideway after a delay of only a few seconds on isolated trains....every incident of this nature will be investigated".
The release goes on to state that offenders "may be ticketed under two provincial violations:
Interfere with the operation of a transit vehicle $115.00
Prevent or delay the closing of a transit vehicle door $115.00".
Furthermore, if it is a repeat offence or it is determined that there was a "serious threat to public safety" or the culprit(s) caused "significant damage", a criminal charge of public mischief could be tacked on.
Oh, yeah, and they want you to rat out anyone you see doing this.