VIDEO - Pedestrian Safety in Quebec

VideoHere's an interesting video from Quebec's 2019 pedestrian safety campaign. I can only imagine what would happen if crosswalks worked this way in the real world!

Is It Safe to Open Your Door?

Open Car DoorImagine the surprise of the motorist at a collision I once investigated. He parked at the side of the road, opened his door, and a passing car tried to tear it off! It's a good thing he didn't step out while he opened the door.

What went wrong here? The motorist didn't look first, or didn't see what was overtaking him. He probably felt safe in the fact that he had stopped close to the curb and was out of harm's way.

NEWS - School Bus Stop Arm For Drivers Not Clear on the Concept

School BusThe addition of a five-foot stop sign arm installed on one of Mineral County, West Virginia's school buses is proving to be helping to keep children safer, school officials said. John Droppleman of the school system’s transportation department told the Board of Education on Tuesday that the extended arm was installed on bus No. 57.

VIDEO - Centerline: The Surprising History of Lane Markings

VideoWe take the lines painted on our roads for granted today, but the first attempts at implementing them were met with resistance.  This short video on the history of lane markings is a study in the rapid effect of new technologies and the ability of a few people with a good idea to have a large impact.

Someone Needs a Timeout for Their Approach to School Crosswalk Safety

School CrosswalkI pick up my grand daughters one afternoon a week at their rural elementary school. The kindergarten classes march out in line and wait patiently while their teacher identifies each child's caregiver and dismisses them individually. They now join the free for all to walk to the vehicles parked in the area and go home.

ENVIRONMENT - Holland Copes with Pollution by Reducing Speeds

Flag of HollandHolland has a serious pollution problem from nitrogen oxides and particulate matter in the air. The air pollution levels are above those permitted by European law and are mainly caused by motor vehicle traffic and factories.

Trouble After a Vehicle Purchase

raised pickup truckThis inquiry arrived in the DriveSmartBC inbox last Thursday: "I bought a used newer truck from a dealership and was told prior to signing the final documents that the truck had gone through a full safety inspection. Less than two weeks later I was pulled over and issued a ticket for improperly equipped motor vehicle and issued a box 2 inspection order for my 2017 Dodge Ram 3500."

WORKSHOP - Road Safety at Work

Road Safety at Work LogoRoad Safety At Work is holding a complimentary half day road safety workshop in Nanaimo on Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 and Comox Valley on November 27th, 2019. Road Safety at Work is a not-for-profit, government funded initiative with a mandate to decrease motor vehicle associated deaths and injuries.

NEWS - Electronic Tickets

New BC LogoOur government continues to rollout eTicketing, which will virtually replace paper traffic tickets, reduce red tape, allow officers to respond to traffic offences more efficiently, and will provide more accurate data that will help to improve road safety programs and policies.

We'll See You When You Turn 80!

BC Driver's LicenceSometimes I think that our system is designed to keep us in the driver's seat. Even in an urban area, you need a vehicle to get around with convenience. Bend a few vehicles? Pay ICBC a (relatively) few dollars more and they take care of the big bills. Can't or won't follow the driving rules? Pay for a few penalty points and don't worry, you have to get a lot of tickets before they take your licence away. Had your licence taken away? Probably not for very long, even if you killed someone.

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