Intersections

Information related to intersections.

PHOTOS OF CONCERN - The Squeeze Play

cameraThe driver of this car may not have noticed the flashing right turn signal on the bus, but learned the hard way that it was worth paying attention to.

Q&A - View Obstructed by Fences and Foliage

Q&A ImageWe have too many "blind" corners in our communities. I have had and seen many "near misses" because drivers cannot see around trees and shrubbery when attempting to  turn onto a street. It is often impossible to see oncoming traffic; a case in point being at the corner of McDonald Ave.

VIDEO - The Philosophy of the Stop Sign

video iconThis excellent video by Young Drivers of Canada explains the philosophy of the stop sign. If you approach thinking "stop", you are more apt to grant the required right of way to other road users. If you approach intending to slow down just enough to avoid a ticket, you are thinking "go" and will be less likely to take the necessary action, stopping, if you are required to grant right of way to others.

Changing Lanes and Merging Traffic

Improper TurningWould you write something in one of your articles about people turning at intersections and immediately going into the right lane and cutting off other motorist merging into traffic? This is one of my biggest pet peeves in the traffic world. I have seen and experience where to person who is merging is getting the horn and finger wave even though they were in the right.

Stopping Behind Other Traffic

Red Traffic LightI have noticed many drivers stopping at a red light several feet behind the car in front. Having asked my daughters who had recently passed their driving exams about this and both told me that their instructor had told them, even when stopped, they must leave at least one car length distance behind the car in front. Is it really true that our young drivers are taught to stop several feet behind the car, also stopped, in front?

Bad Manners at the Stop Sign

Stop SignMirror, signal left, brake and stop before the marked stop line. Look left, look right and the vehicle that was following me stops on my right, half on and half off the roadway, making his right turn. Of course, I can't see cross traffic to my right properly, so he gets to go before I do. I'll bet that he was completely oblivious to both his bad manners and the traffic rule he failed to heed.

A Yellow Traffic Light Means Stop

Yellow Traffic LightBelieve it or not, in British Columbia a yellow traffic light tells you that you must stop before you enter the intersection! Yes, I know that there is one caveat to that statement, and it is "unless the stop cannot be made in safety." The onus is on the driver that does not stop for the yellow light to show that it was unsafe if they are involved in court proceedings because of their decision.

Racing to a Stop

Red Traffic LightWe've all seen it and I'll bet that we all talk about them, drivers who race us to the next red light. Here they come, weaving through traffic, going over the speed limit and pass by us just in time to stop for the same red light that we do. These drivers put us all at risk to gain nothing and demonstrate their inability to plan ahead.

CASE LAW - Murdoch v Biggers

BC Courts Coat of ArmsA green light doesn't always mean go unless you've had a good look to make sure that there are no hazards present before you proceed. Jennifer Biggers learned this when the vehicle she was driving collided with Carol Murdoch, who was crossing quickly in a marked crosswalk against a red light.

Q&A - U Turn Ticket

Q&A ImageGot a ticket for an alleged illegal u-turn at an intersection. Was fined $167 for allegedly violating MVA 168(b)(iv). As outlined in the MVA, my alleged violation is defined as "at an intersection where a traffic control signal has been erected"

However, at the time of the alleged offense, 2 things:

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