Summer is always a busy time on the roads, and with the extra traffic comes extra danger.
It’s something the Abbotsford Police are keenly aware of… and one of the factors behind their hilarious annual Driving Excuses road safety campaign.
LISTEN: Guest host Drex and APD constable Ian MacDonald talk about some of the worst excuses drivers have offered up.
Abbotsford Police Constable Ian MacDonald says the origin of the campaign was to try to engage people on the serious topic of road safety from a different angle, and a reminder that not even police can be serious 24-hours a day.
But he says the way people respond to it has given it a life of its own.
“I guess, we’re somewhat a victim of our own success. We did this four years ago and we can’t really stop because people keep asking us to do it, and some people ask us to do it year round.”
The week-long campaign sees the force take the worst excuses collected throughout the year, then compiling them in “meme” form, and shared on Twitter.
“I think in fairness why some of these comments are funny is that people know that they’re doing something wrong. It’s just either the stress or them fumbling for some kind of excuse they just offer these ridiculous things that come out of their head without a filter. And then of course we make note of them and then try and make fun of them later.”
The campaign just kicked off today, though there have been some howlers already. And yes, these are real excuses offered to police officers for real driving infractions.
You can follow the rest of the lousy excuses all week through the APD’s Twitter account.
Driver, after miserably failing a field sobriety test - "Can I come back tomorrow when I'm sober?' pic.twitter.com/wjtMMd9MZb— Abbotsford Police (@AbbyPoliceDept) July 4, 2016