During 2010, vehicle occupants in British Columbia were surveyed by Transport Canada and found to have a 97%+ seatbelt wearing rate. This was determined by a 2 hour observation period during daylight hours between September 15 and 21 at 286 sites across the country.
I learned this week that Canadians are considered to rank 42nd out of 50 countries based on how good they are to drive in. This disappointed me until I sat back and thought about it a bit. Based on a bit of self examination and what I see happen around me when I drive I think that I have to say that we are not serious about road safety. Financial loss, injury and death are part of the cost of allowing everyone to move when and where they wish to.
The case of White v Sidhu involves a collision at the intersection of 184th Street and 40th Avenue in Surrey. William White was driving his Dodge Ram northbound on 184th intending to turn left onto 40th. Amarjit Sidhu was driving her Honda Accord eastbound on 184th.
Compare the Market is an Australian firm that makes comparisons for consumers to help them purchase products and save money. One area covers car insurance products and that division has identified the world's best drivers using a variety of factors, including blood alcohol allowance limits, the quality of roads, and the number of deaths caused by road traffic.
The police did not take my driving complaint seriously, what is my step? I know for a fact my wife and I had the offending vehicle, driver's description and B.C. license number correct. After reporting this incident I received a call from a constable telling me that the plate number I gave them was registered to a Hyundai and not the Pontiac I reported. They told me there was nothing else they could do.
The case of R v Tschampa involves the appeal of a speeding ticket conviction in Prince George traffic court. Paige Tschampa was ticketed for driving at a speed of 70 km/h in a posted 50 km/h zone by CN Police Service. She disputed the ticket and was subsequently convicted by the sitting judicial justice.
The following story was related by a site visitor from a recent incident:
I slid into the ditch recently and an ambulance happened to be right there at the time. They stopped and checked me out, insisting that I wait for a tow with them as this had occurred on a blind corner. Their dispatch had already called for a tow and while we were waiting the police arrived. I waited with the officer so that the ambulance could leave.
The case of McLeod v British Columbia (Superintendent of Motor Vehicles) and The Attorney General of British Columbia challenges the constitutionality of s. 320.27(2) of the Criminal Code, which authorizes mandatory alcohol screening (MAS) of drivers for the presence of alcohol as an investigatory tool. Norma McLeod and Nicole Quashnick say that it infringes their ss. 8, 9 and 10(b) rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Vancouver's Worst Drivers is a YouTube channel that features submitted dash cam video from BC's Lower Mainland highlighting examples of terrible driving. The videos show collisions, people being dumb behind the wheel, people having no idea how rules of the road work, pedestrians doing stupid things, along with rants on things that drive the channel author nuts about other drivers.
#EyesFwdBC! It's distracted driving campaign time. ICBC tells us that distracted driving is responsible for about 28% of collision fatalities in B.C. each year. On average, 82 people die each year in a crash where distracted driving is a contributing factor.