Driver taking man with nail in head to hospital has traffic ticket cancelled
Saturday, December 15, 2007
A driver who sped to hospital last summer with a co-worker who had a nail stuck in his head will not be paying a traffic ticket after all.
The pair's vehicle had been stopped by a Central Saanich police officer for going 92 in a 50-kilometre-an-hour zone en route to Saanich Peninsula Hospital from the construction site where the accident occurred.
The officer didn't issue a speeding ticket, but accompanied the men to the hospital and decided to issue a ticket for a seatbelt infraction. The fine would have been $167.
Gavin Docherty, the injured man, expressed shock that his friend was issued the ticket.
Docherty's injury turned out to be relatively minor, and he was back at work the next day. Police suggested calling an ambulance would have been a better option.
Central Saanich deputy police chief Clayton Pecknold said the case attracted its share of attention last August, but "finer details" were glossed over in some reports.
He said the ticket was rescinded after the officer met with the driver to discuss the impact of speeding, "and the officer was satisfied that the educational aspect of traffic enforcement was resolved."
The disposition of tickets is left to officers, as long as they are properly issued, Pecknold said.
"So it was put back to the officer who wrote it, and he decided on his own to use alternative measures as opposed to allowing the ticket to go forward."
Pecknold said the officer issued the ticket because he felt the driver, who headed away quickly after the original stop, hadn't heeded the warning not to speed.
He said the officer had also determined the nail stuck in Docherty's head wasn't "embedded," and that the injury was not serious. He said the vehicle was delayed only briefly on its way to the hospital.
© Times Colonist (Victoria) 2007