Q&A - Dealing with a Chronic Alcoholic

Drinking and Driving CounterAttack logoMy neighbour regularly drinks and drives, he has been banned from the local liquor store and has run in to a wall with his van. Aside from physically forcing him to stop, who do I report him to before he kills himself and someone else?

Should I Signal?

Signal Light SwitchPaul from CompetentDrivingBC often shares his insights here on DriveSmartBC. I like his explanation of whether to signal or not and decided to share it with you. It's great advice that we should all practice all the time.

Surprisingly often, when teaching new drivers, I've been asked 'Do I have to signal this?'.

Fraudulent Compliance Markings

LED HeadlightI am thinking about upgrading the sealed beams on a vintage car to LED headlights. The LED headlights I'm considering are marked "DOT SAE" on the front. Does that mean that they are legal on roadways in B.C.? The gentleman that posed this question also supplied a web site URL with more information that promised DOT approval and explained that these lights were used by international Baja racing teams. Sounds good, doesn't it?

POLL - Slower Speeds on Residential Streets

ResearchCo logoA sizeable proportion of British Columbians would like to see changes to municipal speed limits, a new Research Co. poll has found.

CASE LAW - R v McEachern

BC Courts Coat of ArmsMira McEachern was a novice driver on September 17, 2016 when she was issued a traffic ticket for using an electronic device while driving. She was convicted of that offence (records do not indicate if it was because she paid the fine or was not successful in a traffic court dispute). Shortly after the conviction RoadSafetyBC notified her of a pending prohibition of 3 months due only to that conviction.

Ignoring Your Own Safety

SeatbeltWhen I learned to drive more than 4 decades ago, seatbelts were becoming standard equipment on all vehicles. Fast forward to today and we have seatbelts, multiple airbags and a host of automatic systems designed to either avoid a crash or minimize the damage to us if we are in one. Why then do some of us ignore the systems that are there for our protection?

HERGOTT LAW - Duty to Animals on the Road

Deer Crossing SignPutting human life at risk to save an animal on the road is negligent. Paul Hergott discusses two cases where drivers attempted to do this and serious collisions were the result. There are also links to the case law involved in these stories.

NEWS - It Is Photo Radar 2.0

red light camera sign35 intersection cameras in British Columbia are being upgraded to perform automated speed enforcement in addition to penalizing red light runners.

Emergency Vehicles and the Traffic Rules

police carIn my travels this week I was overtaken by a marked police vehicle traveling at 110 km/h in the posted 90 km/h zone. No emergency equipment was being operated. Instances like this are often complained about by the public as they see the police failing to follow the same traffic rules that they force everyone else to obey.

STATISTICS - Motor Vehicle Deaths 2008 to 2018

BC Coroners ServiceThe B.C. Coroners Service has released a document describing motor vehicle related deaths in the province covering the period 2008 to 2018. Here are the findings presented in the document's overview:

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