To: Ticket dispute processing, BAG #3510, Victoria, BC, V8W 3P7
Dear Sir or Madam,
Below are the details of the ticket:
Ticket Number AH20594728
Name Gesheng Li
Violation Date August 16, 2006
Act Motor Vehicle Act
Section of the offence 125, Disobey traffic control device
I did not intend to disobey the brake-check sign, it happened accidentally. In fact, I am a very careful and very responsible driver.
First of all, I am a new commercial driver of my company and very new to the route from Langley to horseshoe bay ferry. The company needs me to drive only when the other drivers were away on vacation, my driving frequency is ~ once a month from Langley to the Nanaimo harbor, that is, I did not know the exact location of brake check and the exact uphill-downhill condition of the road.
It was a sunny day with an outside temperature of 22°C. The road condition was perfect. I was driving the 5-ton Freightliner (white, automatic transition) to horseshoe ferry along #1 high way at ~12:00am August 16, 2006. The speed limit was 90km/hr and I was driving at the left lane near the brake check location since I was told that all the vehicles need to be at the left lane to the ferry. I had to drive along the left lane early because the transition of the vehicle is very slow and no body can operate it up to 60km/hr at an uphill of 5%.
I did not remember if I saw the first sign of brake check clearly, but I did not see the sign of “open” brake check station, that is, they should have put up a warning that the brake-check point was open again. Three months ago, I was the first time to the ferry; there was a big-blue sign of “close” brake-check station. I didn’t know why they closed the brake-check station at that time and opened it again at this time without any notice. In this case, I think the scale station is doing a better job, they always tell you whether or not it is open before you go close to the scale station.
I didn’t remember if there was a steep hill warning near the ferry, a sign showing steep degree of the downhill so that the drivers can control their speeds. I was going to just the ferry not go to a long way to Whistler. It seems logical that there is no need to check brake at ferry, since I just stopped at the ferry not go further to Whistler, that is, to avoid the confusion, they should have put up a warning that all oversize vehicles check brake to go to the ferry.
I was in an awkward situation when I saw the second brake-check sign. There were several vehicles on my right side, it was too late for me to change the lane to enter the brake check point since it was #1 high way and the steering of my truck was very slow. The police should have seen it. Anyhow, I had carefully checked the brakes and finished the paperwork before I started out at the company just one hour ago. I was sure that the brakes were in a perfect condition. The company set up the daily pre-trip check records.
I was suddenly pulled over by a police officer who gave me a speed warning and a ticket of $121 eventually. My salary is only $11.1/hr, which is the only income of a family of one unemployed wife and two innocent boys. Please place yourself in my position, how toughly a new immigrant family is living!
The date of the ticket was given by mistake, it happened on August 16, 2006 rather than June 16, 2006! Why the date of ticket was June 16 while the date of the warning was August 16? I would have double checked the ticket before it was given to the public if I were the officer.
I was also confirmed by the officer that this ticket is going to stay in my driving record for 5 years. No one wants to hire a driver with records. Before the officer gave me the ticket, he told me that I have a bunch of tickets in ICBC. I can’t say that he was trying to persuade me to accept the “rationality” that I deserved the punishment and I should not dispute. I am such a bad driver that I deserved the fine, because I already had so many records?
Therefore, I am requiring that the ticket be cancelled.
(Enclosed the copies of the ticket and the warning)
December 14, 2006
To: ACME ANALYTICAL LABS LTD Management
From: Gesheng Li (Danny)
Confidential: the information below contains privacy.
It happened at ~9:10pm December 13, 2006 when I was driving the GMC-VNRA white Van (plate #: 8168-SR) to back into the loading dock of the warehouse at 987 East Cordova Street. It was the third week for me to drive the Van for the company to the warehouse. I have hard-worked for ~6 hours as a labor that day.
My colleague, Mr. JianShan Fan was working with me. He was one-month senior to me in Acme and he is a one-year-new immigrate to Canada as well. In fact, he was instructing me to do all the work, since I am not a powerful man and I am very easy to go with. Mr. Fan told me that the train in downtown is very slow, it will stop easily when the train driver sees me, that is, I should not worry about the railway, because he found that I was always extremely careful whenever I went close to the railway. I can’t say that he intended to mislead me. I think it’s a kind of habit he took from China. In China, many people like to cheat each other for fun. But his comment indeed made me relax that night.
At ~9:10pm, I needed more space to back into the deck, I moved forward a little bit more, the left-front wheel went into the track of the railway. Honestly, this was the second time for me to involve into this situation. Last time, I easily got out. But there’re many cobbles at my back-wheels this time. I pushed the gas pedal from a little to the extreme, the back wheels shot out many small cobbles but I could not get out by backing forward.
Mr. Kilp Tonis (driver license: ) showed up at ~9:11pm right after this happened. He looked into my vehicle patiently and tried to help. He wasn’t looking like in a rush at all. Honestly, I am very grateful to him. He was so kind. He politely asked me if I have a chain and a hook so that he could use his jeep to pull out the van for me. I told him that I didn’t have any chain except a forklift clip. Mr. Tonis instructed me to drive a little more forward. I did as his suggestion. Then Mr.Tonis put a wood underneath the left-front wheel at a slope shape so that I could back forward to get out. I pushed the gas pedal to the extreme. But I failed to get out. Mr. Tonis must have seen the back wheels shot out many small cobbles as everyone saw it, since the wheels made a lot of noises and smokes. Mr. Tonis left. I got out of the cab and put a wood under the left-back wheel of my van. I hoped that I could back out this time. But I failed again. Honestly. I didn’t sense any vehicle passing by when I pressed the gas pedal, because I was backing in, I had to pay attention to the back mirrors.
Mr. Sedi Kuwabara (tel: showed up. He was so nice that he instructed me to move forward to cross the railway completely. I did as his suggestion. This time I succeeded. I drove the van around the railway to back into the loading dock of the warehouse at ~9:18pm.
I smiled to Mr. Tonis and Mr. Kuwabara and said thanks to them immediately after I parked the van. Mr. Tonis suddenly complained to me that my rear wheels shot cobbles onto the back of his 1990 Ford-Bronco (Plate#: 776-ESD) and he already took the picture by his cell phone, he told me. Honestly, I never see a cell-phone camera can work at that dark night. In fact, Mr. Fan told me that he even couldn’t see the color of the jeep notwithstanding it’s parked close to the loading dock that is the brightest place at the site.
Before I understood and looked into the aftermath of his vehicle, Mr. Tonis suddenly changed his attitude, he talked to me in a low voice and in a powerful tone. He required me to trade with him right now. I told him that the only practical way was that we exchange our driver license and report to ICBC ASAP. Mr. Tonis told me he wanted an easy way that he didn’t want to deal with ICBC and he wanted to solve it right now. His language included a bad word “fucking” once in a while. Frankly, this word was very easy to escalate and make the situation worse at that sensitive moment. I had to keep speaking to myself “be polite, be nice and love him.”
I had to tell Mr.Tonis that I could not see any new indent on the back of his vehicle. Mr.Tonis showed me two indents on the back door of his jeep. But they’re old indents not new obviously. Mr.Tonis took out his flashlight. By the light of his flash, I still couldn’t see any new scratch, either. Mr Tonis showed me many cobbles on his narrow back-bumper, but the cobbles looked like someone left there not shot on the bumper. If the cobbles collided with his back door in a high speed to scratch the vehicle, they shouldn’t have fallen on the narrow back-bumper. Mr.Tonis told me that he was rushing for his dinner at 9:15pm and passing through the cobbles storm when I was trying to get out. If this were true, his passenger-side door should have been scratched rather than the back door.
Mr. Tonis insisted me to solve the problem immediately. I suggested we exchange driver license. I even took out my interim license, the paper, since my class 4 license was going to expire next month and ICBC only issued me an interim license at that time. But Mr. Tonis refused to give me his license. He told me to hold my license and he can write down. I had to tell him that I need know who he was, that is, we had to exchange.
Mr. Kuwabara approached me and he told me that he saw everything. Mr. Kuwabara suggested that I handed my license to him. Since he was a witness, I had to ask Mr. Kuwabara to give me his name and phone number. Mr. Kuwabara refused to give me his name and number. Mr. Kuwabara just wanted my license, because he told me that he didn’t think Mr. Tonis needed to show me his license. Mr. Kuwabara also suggested me to hold my license to show Mr. Kuwabara only.
Mr. Tonis took out his cell phone and said to me that he was going to call 911. I agreed. He called police by cell phone. Mr.Fan and I heard that he told police that two Chinese guys scratched his vehicle because Mr. Fan curiously asked me “how does he know we are Chinese?” later. Mr. Tonis noticed we were listening. He intended to walk away. I had to ask Mr. Tonis politely “Can I talk to police please?” Mr. Tonis replied “No, you have to use your own cell-phone.”
I had to dial 911 and told police that I had a vehicle accident, and the other driver didn’t want to exchange license. The police told me to give the phone to Mr. Tonis and she wanted to talk with him. But Mr. Tonis told me that he didn’t believe I was talking to the police and he refused to communicate with the police via my cell-phone. The police had to let me wait for them.
At 9:20pm, Mr. Tonis suddenly asked me if I was getting hourly payment, I said “yes”. In fact, I wrote down my working hours as 7 that day.
Two police arrived at ~9:32pm. We exchanged our licenses and vehicle information under the supervision of the police. I kept saying to police that Mr. Tonis and Mr. Kuwabara were very kind-hearted people. They were very good men since they helped me to get out of the railway track.
In the end, I sincerely tried to shake hands with Mr. Tonis by giving him my right-hand, and I was gratefully saying to him “Thank you for helping me.” Mr. Tonis refused to shake hands with me. I noticed he used his thumb and told me “you fucking wasted my time.” I was a little bit embarrassed and offended, I couldn’t help myself and said to the police “you hear, he say fucking”. The police officer professionally replied “I do not care about that.” Then Mr. Tonis said again “you fucking wasted my time, I was one-hour delayed for my dinner.” I love him and his smartness.
ICBC Confirmation #: KJJD-WHCK, ICBC claim #:W5200-572
It happened at ~2:05pm on December 22, 2006. My supervisor Mr. Mario Vitiello (tel: ) was parking the Ford-Econo 1995 white truck (plate #:5389-HE) at the Lougheed highway Mall. He was parking at a vertical angle to the black Audi A6 2.8 (plate #:174-AMK), since we are supposed to pick up the clothes from the Salvation Army bin. The distance between the truck and the tail of Audi was ~10 cm. I noticed it before the accident happened.
After the work, I suggested I drive the truck. I started engine and moved forward. I intended to go straightly. This is the way I usually avoided scratching. Mario suddenly told me to turn right since he wanted me to avoid top-colliding the parking roof if I turned right into next lane. I followed his suggestion. I didn’t pay attention the mirrors this time as usual, since he was reminding me to avoid the accident. My truck right side scratched the left side of the back of the Audi sedan. Because Mario was in a rush, he gave me a paper and instructed me to write down my driver’s license and vehicle information. I left the paper on the Audi car and left.
One hour later, I received Ms Leslie Patterson’s call . I confirmed her that I am responsible for the scratch.
I think I deserve the punishment since this is the third time I scratched other people’s vehicle. In 2004, I scratched my colleague in Richmond. I reported to ICBC later. In 2005 summer, I scratched a TOYOTA SIENNA in Stevenston HWY by EIS’s truck. I waited there ~1-2hours until my furniture work was finished. No one came in, I left without any notice and informing ICBC, that is, I am a bad driver.
ICBC confirmation #: CFXJ-WHCK
Merry Christmas, I want to add some information on December 21 online claim. The confirmation # is CFXJ-WHCK, my driver license # is . Last summer, My truck did collide a Toyota Sinena on a shopping mall near stevenston HWY, Richmond when I was slowly parking. I waited there for 2 hours until my furniture work was finished. Nobody came out. Before I left, I looked into the aftermath, I cleaned the mud and I couldn't find any visible damage or indent. I didn't leave any notice and left since I didn't know the way I could leave a notice. sorry for the inconvenience.
Merry Christmas, I want to add some information on December 21 online claim. The confirmation # is CFXJ-WHCK, my driver license # is . Last summer, My truck did side-swipe a Toyota Sinena on a shopping mall near stevenston HWY, Richmond when I was slowly parking. I waited there for 2 hours until my furniture work was finished. Nobody came out. Before I left, I looked into the palm-size aftermath, but I didn't clean the mud and I wasn't sure of any visible damage or indent. I didn't leave any notice and left since I didn't know the way I could leave a notice. I am very sorry to give you the wrong info in my first email, apologize for the inconvenience.