RESEARCH - Parents (and Other Adults) as Teachers of Traffic Safety

Pedestrians Hold HandsHow did you influence your children to be safe road users? This research report by the British Department for Transport looks at how parents and other adults influence youth between birth and 16 years of age. While these adults see themselves as being responsible, the most common pedestrian tactic is to hold the child's hand.

NEWS - School Buses Equipped with White Strobe Lamps

School BusWe could soon see white strobe lights mounted on the roof of school buses in B.C. Standards allow for a white strobe to be mounted on the center of the roof on the rear third of the vehicle. It is meant to provide increased visibility and may be operated in fog or when the bus is stationary.

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Q&A: How to Deal with a Traffic Ticket

Q&A ImageQUESTION: What do I need to know to properly look after my interests if I receive a traffic ticket?

(Article last updated: March 21, 2022)

ANSWER: Here are my thoughts on what I would do if I received a violation ticket: Pull over and stop depending on the circumstances.

READING - W.H.O. Speed Management Manual

WHO LogoSpeed has been identified as a key risk factor in road traffic injuries, influencing both the risk of a road traffic crash as well as the severity of the injuries that result from crashes. For instance, pedestrians have a 90% chance of survival if hit by a car traveling at a speed of 30km/h or below, but less than a 50% chance of surviving an impact of 45km/h or above.

Are You Driving a Snowdrift?

Car Driven Covered With SnowNow that the snow has arrived I've noticed so many drivers who don't clean off their vehicles. The wiper blade is the only cleaning tool used before driving and frankly that's a collision waiting to happen. Then there are the vehicles behind them who get the blowing snow off the roof and trunk of the vehicle. Oh, did I mention the back window hasn't been cleared either? Why someone would do something so stupid is beyond me.

READING - Transport Canada Winter Driving

Transport Canada logoWinter driving can be dangerous but this handy and easy-to-read brochure, "Winter Driving" is full of great safety tips. It shows you what you should do to get your vehicle ready for winter, like adding snow tires, getting an emergency kit and checking your lights, brakes and battery.

NEWS - Ignition Interlocks for Impaired Drivers

Ignition InterlockIgnition interlocks have been in use in BC since 2005 when they were made mandatory for certain high risk drinking drivers. Effective February 1, 2009 the provincial government has announced the commencement of an significant expansion of their use.

If You Can't See, You Can't Go!

Dangerous Intersection SignA reader writes to me describing an intersection where collisions occur regularly, some resulting in fatalities. He has observed that the opposing left turn lanes in one direction don't line up directly across from each other but are offset by a few feet. The result is that through traffic in one direction is more obscured by standing vehicles than it is in the other.

VIDEO - 3 Technologies You Can't do Without

VideoCourtesy of YouTube and the Discovery Channel, this video highlights ABS, Traction Control and Electronic Stability Control and their ability to help you maintain control of your vehicle on ice. They are vehicle options that you should not be without as the two automakers identified in the video estimate that ESC alone can reduce your chances of collision from 30 to 50%.

CASE LAW - R v Dahlquist

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThe accused was stopped at a roadblock about midnight by police checking for driving infractions. An officer immediately noted that his eyes were bloodshot and watery and he had a mild to moderate odour of liquor on his breath. She read the accused the approved screening device demand and he blew a “Warn”, which indicated his blood alcohol level was between 50mg% and 100mg%.

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