first_imgThe driver’s advocacy group Sense BC – which advocates for sensible road safety laws and enforcement – is incensed over the government’s move to take fighting a traffic ticket out of the courts and putting it in front of a tribunal.“Unfortunately with this government, the willingness to erase due process seems to be too frequent,” co-founder Ian Tootill says. “Civil Asset Forfeiture is one example and this is yet another, and no I am not happy about it.”Tootill says like the much maligned photo radar idea, this so-called “e-ticketing” scheme flies in the face of due process.- Advertisement -He argues it automatically makes ticketed drivers guilty and puts the onus on them to prove their innocence instead of requiring the justice system to prove their guilty.“Well photo radar is a de facto conviction – it’s up to the accused to prove that he’s innocent,” Tootill goes on to say. “The idea of this e-ticketing is very similar – you’re not going to be able to face your accuser. The accused is going to be put at a disadvantage.”To make matters worse, he predicts with no appeal process for drivers, it gives police officers a licence to write tickets like there’s no tomorrow.Advertisement “I’ve spoken to ex-police officers about it, and they believe that if it’s much easier to write tickets and not have them contested; it’ll be much easier to have ticket blitzes knowing it’s an easier way to raise money.”In issuing the thumbs down from the advocacy group, Mr. Tootill also said the province seems hell bent on pushing forward with what he calls this ill thought out legislation, even though it will cost taxpayers more in court fights and patchwork fixes to make it legal.last_img