Pet Peeves Ahead

pet peeves ahead signEveryone has a pet peeve related to driving, right? I know what mine are, but I was curious about what others might say if I asked, so I did. My faithful weekly newsletter readers responded without hesitation and I want to share their thougths with you.

Q&A - Motorcyles & Inductive Loops at Traffic Lights

Q&A ImageQ: I ride a KLR 650, as well a KTM 450 exec. Both are street legal and have smaller engine displacements. These motorcycles are built with little steel and are mostly aluminum. Neither one of my bikes will force a light change at Leathead and 97 as well as Highway 97 and Sexsmith road intersections in Kelowna.

Distracted Driving Statistics - What to Believe?

Stop Distracted DrivingI received an interesting fact sheet from the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) this week. It looks at distracted driving related fatal collisions in Canada from 2000 to 2015. In some Canadian provinces this type of fatality has surpassed the total caused by alcohol impaired driving. However, that's not the part of the document that made me pause.

DASHCAM - Distracted Cycling

Here's an image of a cyclist caught on dashcam riding along Garden City Road between Westminster Highway and Granville Avenue in Richmond, B.C. He is riding the wrong way, without a helmet, failing to keep at least one hand on the handlebars and appears to be texting on a cell phone. Four separate Motor Vehicle Act violations!

DATA - Traffic Tickets Issued 2013 to 2017

Ticket WriterOver the past three years I've added data on traffic tickets issued by police: 2016 - MVA & MVAR, 2015 - MVA & MVAR and 2014 - MVA Only. My aim was to cite something accurate when I responded to suggestions that "the police never write tickets for..."

Driving at Night in the Rain

rain cloudI am generally not a person who likes the rain, but as I sit with my coffee in hand looking out the window this morning I'm happy to see it. No doubt, so is the vegetation that depends on it. Not so for drivers though, social media has been full of well meant advice to slow down due to the potential of slippery roads.

VIDEO - When Physics Meets Biology

video iconThis video from the IIHS explains what happens to vehicle occupants during car crashes. It reviews the history of research into how much force the human body can withstand and then relates it to what causes injury and how in a collision.

DATA - Traffic Fine Revenue Grants 2015 to 2018

Ticket WriterBritish Columbia's Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing program transfers the net revenue from traffic tickets back to local governments as a source of additional funds to support community safety and address local policing priorities. Transfer grant amounts are based on an area’s policing costs relative to the total policing costs paid.

A Different Approach to School Zone Safety

Seven years ago I wrote about a safe trip to school, commenting on my experience that a significant part of the safety problem was caused by teachers and parents themselves. Their driving behaviour as they showed up to work or dropped off their children sometimes left a lot to be desired. Did they not realize that they were creating their own problem?

HERGOTT LAW - Little White Lies & ICBC

Hergott Law logoIn this article Paul reviews what can happen if you lie to ICBC. He examines three scenarios: Failing to be truthful when you apply for insurance, failing to be truthful when you make a claim and driving while impaired. All could result in loss of coverage and significant financial liability that could ruin you. Think twice before you are anything less than completely honest!

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