Q&A - Back Alleys
For a few months now I have been trying to locate specific information on the rules of the road pertaining to back lanes and alleyways. Simply trying to get a concrete source on the speed limit of back lanes, especially those running along school zones, has been incredibly difficult.
What are the rules pertaining to back lane driving? Can a driver assume "right of way" and proceed to ‘plough’ through without regard to the dynamics of a back lane? What accountability measures are in place, if at all? What if there are children and families making use of the area? If a child that was playing in a back lane is hit, and the driver was driving too quickly to respond or stop, is it the child’s fault for being in the lane? I was told by an ICBC rep that unless there were police monitoring speed along the back lane, the driver would not be held responsible for hitting a child, or anything else “that is in its right of way”? This seems absolutely illogical to me. Am I out of line to think that drivers should be held responsible since they ought to be driving in a manner conducive to the dynamics of an alleyway?