It’s an axiom we all learn in childhood: honesty is the best policy.
It should be a motto for drivers, as a 28-year-old recently learned in provincial court.
Who among us hasn’t accidentally backed into another unoccupied car in a lot or nicked a door with a bumper?
Who hasn’t had a dark voice say, “Leave now and no one will notice.”
Trying to escape responsibility for an error cost this driver dearly.
Kyle Peter Billy was driving home from a funeral in Kamloops in March this year when he caused an accident, hitting another driver in a downtown intersection.
Sentencing Judge Chris Cleaveley heard the mill worker was distraught, causing him to exercise bad judgment.
The bad judgment was driving away.
It was compounded when he phoned ICBC and claimed he was the victim of a hit and run elsewhere.
The deceit piled on deceit, making Billy vulnerable to being discovered.
And, by chance, when he brought his car to the shop to be repaired, the Mazda’s driver was there. Suspicious, he pulled out two broken pieces of a wheel cover he’d found at the scene and stashed in his trunk — pieces of a puzzle missing from Billy’s wheel cover.
The ruse was uncovered, something Billy later admitted to an ICBC investigator.
Billy was charged under the Insurance Vehicle Act and fined $1,000 by the sentencing judge.
He also must pay $5,000 to ICBC to compensate for damage to the car he struck — all costs he would not have paid had he just admitted, either at the scene or upon reflection later, that he was at the scene.
It’s doubtful he’ll make the same mistake again. It’s an example to all.
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