Two Way Left Turn Lanes

Two Way Left Turn Lanes

A two way left turn lane is often found in larger towns and cities running down the center of multi-lane highway. It is easily identified by the combination solid and broken yellow line at both sides and the pair of left pointing arrows painted on the road surface and displayed on black and white regulatory signs overhead.

Hydroplaning

HydroplaningWelcome to wet road season in British Columbia! Some areas are blessed with this situation more often than others, but drivers need to be aware of the perils of wet highways. The lives of you and your passengers depend on it.

Speeding

SpeedingI had an interesting conversation with a driver at the roadside last Monday morning. I had stopped him for driving at 107 km/h in the posted 80 zone entering a high collision zone on Highway 4 east of Port Alberni. Speed is a particular problem in this zone as a primary contributor to collisions there.

Highway Closures

Road Closed Ahead SignWe have come to expect that our highways will always be open to us to use at any time under all conditions. When something occurs, such as a serious collision, some drivers still think that their convenience takes priority over all other issues and the highway should not be closed to them.

Back to School Pedestrian Safety

School Zone Sign

Maintenance workers will soon be removing the covers from school zone signs and children will be using the roads to walk and bicycle back and forth to school. As all drivers know, school zones will be in effect on regular school days during the hours and at the speed shown on the sign. If caution is exercised by all road users it will be a safe school year.

Gravity is Not Load Security

No Load Security

Three incidents this week prompt me to remind everyone about load security. Two boats have taken unexpected cruises along the pavement and a falling ladder caused a minor injury collision when the driver following along behind attempted to avoid the sudden obstacle in front of her. All of these incidents were cases of improper load security.

Stop, Look, Listen, THEN Report

TelephoneLast week was a bad week for collisions in our patrol district. One call had us off to a three vehicle pileup in the northbound lanes near where the recent fire was in the median. There was no indication of how bad any injuries were, but since the highway is posted at 110 km/h someone is probably hurt so police, fire and ambulance were dispatched. Things went downhill from there.

Lack of Mufflers

Automobile Muffler

Why don't you do anything about noisy motorcycles? This is a common question when the weather is good and the Harley's are out in force. It's a good question too, why don't the police do anything about this?

Motorcycle Driver's Licence Restrictions

BC Driver's Licence

This week must be disobey restriction week for learner motorcycle riders. I attended an off road left collision involving a learner driver on a motorcycle. He was restricted to having an instructor aged 25+ and a speed of no more than 60 km/h. The instructor was 21 and explained that they couldn't have been doing more than 70 in the 60 zone before the crash.

The Armpit Belt

SeatbeltTwo women appeared on my last traffic court date, both with a ticket for failing to wear a seat belt under section 220(4) of the Motor Vehicle Act. They each testified that they were wearing their seat belt, but had the shoulder belt under their arms. This is a common occurrence for women and is more rare for men in my experience.

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