An RCMP cruiser flashes its light as it speeds up Highway 97. (Patrick Davies/100 Mile Free Press file photo)

An RCMP cruiser flashes its light as it speeds up Highway 97. (Patrick Davies/100 Mile Free Press file photo)

LETTER: Wet roads not safe for RCMP chases

RCMP officers ‘should know full well when to call off a chase’

The RCMP need to do their part to reduce vehicular tragedies.

Around 3 a.m. on Sept. 29, I witnessed a cavalcade of keystone cops heading southbound over the Old Yale Road rail overpass chasing a motorcyclist obviously speeding at very high speed, trying to avoid being stopped.

The issue I really had was that the road surface was quite slick with rain, which would basically mean the operator of the motorcycle was behaving in a very high-risk manner.

The RCMP with all their experience and training (this is their job after all), need to be reminded that their job is to put things into perspective and make the proper life and death decisions. This includes not executing a motorcycyclist at 3 a.m. by creating an horrific accident scene, no matter how important it is that they need to engage with the operator.

Some RCMP members are Class 6 operators and should know full well when to call off a chase. Obviously slick road surfaces are much more dangerous for motorcycles.

Scott Broddy