Canada Post investigating possible road rage incident caught on camera
Published Tuesday, December 5, 2017 8:57AM PST
Last Updated Tuesday, December 5, 2017 4:39PM PST
Canada Post is investigating after a video was posted to social media Monday showing what appears to be a road rage incident involving the driver of a mail delivery van in Surrey, B.C.
The 30-second clip posted on Facebook shows a woman driving a Canada Post van swerving around other vehicles on 108 Avenue.
As the van pulls up next to a vehicle, someone says, "Postal worker, you're not going have a job for long."
"I'm going to have my job forever," the driver of the van replies.
Other words are exchanged, then the Canada Post vehicle then continues through the intersection.
"You're cutting everyone off, you crazy (expletive)," someone yells as the van pulls away.
Canada Post issued a statement saying it is aware of the incident and investigating what happened. It is unclear what happened off camera leading up to the incident.
Police, however, said that while the video is far from an example of safe driving, it's unclear from the footage if the driver of the Canada Post vehicle broke any specific laws.
"It is really hard to tell if there was a specific Motor Vehicle Act offence from the video, but it's safe to say that the driver was probably distracted by their emotions and this could lead to an accident, which is a concern," said RCMP Cpl. Scotty Schumann, adding that it would be easier to pinpoint specific offences had police witnessed the entire incident.
"It's certainly on the verge of aggressive driving that would get the attention of an officer driving behind."
The video does show the driver opening the door of the vehicle and driving away while the door is still partially open.
Section 203 of the act states that a driver "must not open the door of a motor vehicle on the side available to moving traffic unless and until it is reasonably safe to do so." It's unclear, however, if or how that rule could apply in this instance.
Schumann said the video nevertheless stresses the importance of avoiding these kinds of confrontations on the road.
"The important message here is that it's distracting while you're driving to get engaged in these kinds of altercations," he said. "You don't want to be the cause of an accident."
In an email, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers told CTV News it does not comment on individual cases.
With files from CTV Vancouver's Jon Woodward