But I Didn't Know!

Head In SandI often prowl through driving forums on the internet searching for interesting topics of discussion. The following quote came from a site in Kelowna:

Sadly, not everyone knows the rules of the road and/or how to operate their motor vehicle correctly. Pressing the pedals and basic coordination is about as far as some people get.

We've Got a Serious Attitude Problem

Road RageSometimes when I read articles on road safety I come across one that really resonates with me. A story from 2008 written by Paul Hergott titled Drivers Need to Smarten Up When Out on the Road is one of them. Paul starts off by saying "We’ve got ourselves a serious attitude problem. We see driving as a right."

Very little has changed since then except perhaps that this attitude is becoming even more prevalent on our roads in 2017.

HERGOTT LAW - A Bar's Responsibility to the Public

Hergott Law logoPaul examines the case of Widdowson v Rockwell 2017 BCSC 385, a recent Supreme Court of British Columbia decision that determined liability for a crash in which the drunk driver Bradley Rockwell struck and severely injured Stuart Widdowson in Port Moody.

CASE LAW - R v C.J.S.

BC Courts Coat of ArmsC.J.S. is a young person who held a class 8 motorcycle learner's licence. He was participating in a group ride from Campbell River to Gold River on Highway 28. He was seriously injured in a collision near the intersection of McIvor Lake Road when a Prius that he had been following signalled right and turned left. This case is interesting because Justice H.W. Gordon dicusses the defence of necessity and accepts it to acquit C.J.S. on a charge failing to keep to the right of a double solid line contrary to section 155(1)(a) MVA.

Convenience vs Catastrophe

Exclamation Mark SignSome incidents encountered during a career in policing stick with you for life and sometimes resurface later on as lessons learned. This memory involved a mother dropping her young son off for a birthday party by pulling over and stopping on the right side of the street. He exited the car and excited to join the festivities, ran to the back and darted across the street. He was struck and killed by a passing vehicle.

HERGOTT LAW - Mom's Impaired Driving Teaches Us a Lesson

Hergott Law logoPaul examines an impaired driving crash in Vernon that occurred in October 2014 and recently concluded in court. Lori Vance is a mother of 4 with an unblemished driving record and was known for making sure that others did not drive while impaired. She made the choice to drive after drinking at a bar one night, running a red light, killing Erin Smith and seriously injuring Lindsey Hauck. Ms. Vance was sentenced to 3 years in jail for causing the death and 1 year concurrent for causing the injury.

VIDEO - This Season's Killer Look

video iconThis video comes to us through the Road Safety Authority of Ireland. It draws attention to the serious risk presented by wearing a shoulder belt under the arm instead of over the shoulder. According to the information, this is a common occurrence among young women. Unfortunately, it does not carry on to explain how shorter statured people can make the shoulder belt both effective and comfortable to wear properly.

Distracted Driving Month in B.C.

No PhoneHey you! Yeah, YOU, put the phone down and pay attention to where you're driving! In 2015 police wrote over 44,000 traffic tickets for distracted driving violations in B.C. ICBC tells us that about 30% of crashes in B.C. involve driving while distracted. Recent changes to the distracted driving legislation saw fines change from $196 to $348 + $175 from 4 penalty points yet look around you in traffic and see how many drivers you can find with an electronic device in hand.

NEWS - 4th UN Road Global Safety Week

UN Global Road SafetyThe web site for the 4th UN Global Road Safety Week is now active. Scheduled to run from May 8 to 14, 2017, the theme this year is #SlowDown:

CASE LAW - R v Ward

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis is the story about a fatal collision between an SUV and a motorcycle at the intersection of the Shawnigan Lake Road and the Trans-Canada Highway near the village of Shawnigan Lake on July 7, 2014. Shannon Ward was traveling eastbound on Shawnigan Lake Road and had stopped for the stop sign at the intersection with the Trans-Canada Highway. She waited for a break in traffic and began to turn left and proceed northbound. She failed to see a southbound motorcycle driven by Gerald Loiselle and a collision resulted. Mr. Loiselle died at the scene.

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