READING - IIHS Status Report on Automated Vehicles

IIHS LogoThe Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released a special edition of the Status Report on autonomous vehicles. From the introduction:

The idea of self-driving cars has garnered so much press that consumers can almost be forgiven for thinking the latest cars can drive themselves.

VIDEO - Ineffective Warning Signs, What's the Harm?

video iconThis video from Minnesota's Local Road Research Board explains why specialty warning signs often requested by the public to solve a perceived problem can actually make the problem worse instead of better. In fact, it can spread the problem as people learn to ignore these signs as just more background noise.

It's All Over in Less Than a Minute

StopwatchThere's been a major crash that has injured or killed someone on one of our highways. The highway has been closed for a period of time and everyone is being inconvenienced. The words killer highway or something similar has been mentioned and there are calls for the government to do something to make the highway safer.

SURVEY - Automated Speed Enforcement in BC

SurveyIn a survey dated August 13, 2018 conducted by ResearchCo asked "Do you approve or disapprove of using the following kinds of speed enforcement in British Columbia?"

CASE LAW - R v Schultz

BC Courts Coat of ArmsBrigitte Schultz was stopped by police in Abbotsford for failing to maintain proper lane position, driving more slowly than normal and failing to stop for a yellow light. She displayed symptoms of impairment and was tested with an approved screening device. The test registered a fail.

Space Cadets

follow too closelyMore space equals more time. Think about that carefully for a moment as it should be a constant consideration for all drivers. Driving should be an action, not a reaction and the best way to make it an action is to give yourself time to think, plan and execute your decisions safely.

RESOURCE - Legal Help On Line

Justice Education Society LogoThe Justice Education Society of British Columbia is a resource aimed to improve legal capability and increase access to justice. While there are many different types of resources available on the site, the driving category is likely of the most interest to people reading this. Content currently consists of 7 info sheets and 5 videos.

NEWS - Guide to Disputing a Ticket

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThe Provincial Court of British Columbia has released a Guide to Disputing a Ticket. The 16 page PDF document expands the information available on the court's Traffic and Bylaws page and is aimed specifically at provincial violation tickets rather than federal or municipal violation tickets. This is applicable to traffic tickets issued under the Motor Vehicle Act and Commercial Transportation Act.

In the Crosshairs

deer in the crosshairsI never know what is going to wind up in the DriveSmartBC e-mail inbox, but it is bound to be entertaining, interesting, thought provoking or just plain letting off steam at an easy target. I read them all, try to reply with reason and civility and often use them as the basis for an article.

READING - Status of Alcohol Impaired Driving in Canada

TIRF New LogoAlthough impaired driving in Canada has generally declined, there are several key considerations to examine in light of bills C-45 and C-46 which warrants concern. At the same time, there are also alternative strategies that can help relieve some of the pressure on the criminal justice system. This analysis underscores that impaired driving is a multi-faceted and complex social issue that remains a relevant public safety concern.

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