PILOT PROJECT - Drug Impaired Driving Saliva Testing

SwabWould you care to volunteer a sample of saliva to test for drug use? This question might soon be part of an impaired driving investigation in Vancouver. Part of a federal pilot project to evaluate testing devices and to establish protocols for their use, volunteered saliva test results would not be used as part of court or administrative sanctions against the driver. Unfortunately, the story does not provide any indication of how the test results would equate with impairment or the accuracy of the instruments.

Priority for Emergency Vehicles at Traffic Lights

Traffic & Emergency SignalsWhen you need the services of firefighters or paramedics seconds can seem like hours. Sooner is always better in situations like this so some traffic lights are equipped with sensors that listen for sirens and change the signals to make way for emergency vehicles. Not knowing what the priority signal lights meant led one driver to make a choice that could have resulted in a collision in a Ladysmith intersection.

HERGOTT LAW - Hit & Run Crash Coverage

Hergott Law logoIf you are the victim of a hit and run collision there are certain steps that you must take in order to fulfill your obligations to ICBC. Reporting the collision to them and the police is not enough. Paul discusses what you must to in addition to this to make sure that you receive the coverage that you paid for.

VIDEO - Roundabouts: Driving Lesson

VideoRick August of Smart Drive Test introduces us to the roundabout or traffic circle.

Left Turn Surprise!

Left Turn SignalA signal light does not provide you with any protection when you make a left turn. This simple fact was discovered by a lady who slowed as she approached her driveway, signalled for a left turn, saw a truck approaching in her rearview mirror and started to make the turn. To her complete surprise, the truck passed by her on the left and they collided corner to corner.

CASE LAW - Mace v Superintendent of Motor Vehicles

BC Courts Coat of ArmsGordon Mace, a 40 year old driver who held a class 7 driver's licence and was part of the Graduated Licencing Program (GLP) received two traffic tickets: a speeding violation from February 21, 2015; and a violation for failing to obey a traffic control device from May 6, 2016. Subsequent to that, the Superintendent sent Mr. Mace a notice of intention to prohibit him from driving for 4 months because of the two violations. On review of that decision, the Superintendent reduced the length of the prohibition to 3 months and applied the prohibition.

Ready or Not, Here I Come!

Left Turn SignalThere was an interesting post on Twitter this week showing drivers interacting with pedestrians at the intersection of Cambie Street and West Broadway in Vancouver. The photo showed 3 cars facing a green light trying to turn onto Cambie from Broadway, 2 eastbound turning left and one westbound turning right into their respective lanes on Broadway. There was a steady stream of pedestrians crossing Cambie against a red don't walk signal.

VIDEO - The Cornering Bible

video iconCan't wait for motorcycle season to begin again? The Cornering Bible runs 1:33 and according to the description is a must watch documentary for all the motorcycle riders to understand the basic and advance concepts of riding a motorcycle safely, effectively and responsibly, to understand cornering braking, lean angle, etc.

CASE LAW - Varga v Kondola

BC Courts Coat of ArmsNicola Varga was late for an Epicure party and was using her iPhone's GPS app to navigate westbound on the Lougheed Highway from the Golden Ears Bridge in Pitt Meadows. She needed to make a left turn at the Park Road intersection so she began to make her way from the acceleration lane across three lanes of traffic to the left turn lane for the intersection. As she crossed from the center through lane to the left through lane she was hit from behind by a delivery truck driven by Bryan Kondola.

Am I Making a Difference?

Question MarkThis was a question that I asked myself more frequently as my time in traffic enforcement with the RCMP grew longer.  Everyone wants to do their job well, and mine was to encourage the motoring public to conform to the law in the hope that doing so would minimize the number of collisions in my patrol area. If I was successful, no one would be hurt, our insurance rates would fall and I wouldn’t have to write so many tickets.

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