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Information relating to the government and traffic laws.

Out of Touch or Vote For Me?

BC FlagI spent most of my policing career as a traffic cop. Yes, I have an outlook that many in the public don't share, but they haven't spent 25 years investigating collisions and seeing the aftermath either. Thank goodness for that, but maybe our politicians need a bit of experience similar to my own to temper their viewpoints.

The Government Didn't Tell Me

I've been watching a number of conversations in the newspaper and social media lately, mostly with regard to B.C.'s slow down, move over law, but including changes to other traffic laws as well. The general theme has been that the government has been doing a poor job of telling the public what the new laws are and how we are supposed to follow them. Perhaps I am sensitive to road safety topics and pay more than the average attention to them but I must disagree with this.

Q&A - Ruts in the Pavement

Q&A ImageI commute on hwy 19 daily. The road has been maintained with tar strips rather than resurfacing. In the wet weather what Im seeing is the ruts (worn into the driven part) in the right lane are holding up to 20mm of standing water sometimes for hundreds of meters at a time. Pulling into the left lane provides a safer drive even at 30km below the posted limit.

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How to Build a Highway

MOTI BannerThe more that I learn about how to construct one of BC's highways, the more I see how complicated that job really is.

Q&A - Minimum Speed Sign Spacing

Q&A ImageAre there regulations in BC’s motor vehicle laws that say how far apart speed limit signs have to be in order to properly inform the public as to what the speed limit is?

I have found a reference to this in Ontario by searching the internet, but not for BC so far.

RESOURCE - Designing a Driver Penalty Point System

Question MarkHave you ever wondered how our penalty point system came to be? This document from the European community examines the penalty point system in European countries and recommends best practices to implement an effective system.

VIDEO - Improvements to the Immediate Roadside Prohibition Program

video iconThe Office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles explains improvements to the Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) program for impaired drivers (effective June 15, 2012) and what can happen if you're caught driving impaired in British Columbia.

Q&A - Who is responsible for road markings?

Q&A ImageIs this a municipal or provincial responsibility? I see countless examples each year where there are many ways (or in cases, no reasonable way) to take the markings on the road, especially at <50 kph. If a person has these problems in understanding the intent and the expected behaviour, who should queries be directed to? Please advise? Thanks!

NEWS - Changes Coming for Traffic Tickets in BC

Ticket WriterOne day in the not too distant future police will swipe your driver's licence through a card reader, pick the offence from a list on their computer screen and click print to issue you a traffic ticket. No more hand written ticket forms for BC drivers.

NEWS - Changes to Motorcycle Safety Laws

BC FlagThe Minister of Justice announced changes to the Motor Vehicle Act affecting motorcycle helmets and motorcycle passengers. Effective June 1, 2012 all motorcycle riders who are not exempt will have to wear an approved motorcycle helmet that bears approval markings showing that they comply with established standards.

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