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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.

Perpetuating Mediocrity

New Driver SignsI stopped a vehicle being driven at 96 km/h in a posted 50 km/h construction zone the other day. Approaching the passenger side, I spoke with the woman in the front seat and the young lady driving. When I explained why I stopped them, the woman suggested that she was unable to get the driver to slow down, and maybe I could do something about it.

Right of Way

RoadSense for DriversRight of way, the privilege of the immediate use of the highway over other users. We often speak of it, but do we really know what it means in relation to our driving? It is crucial that drivers know and follow the right of way rules to avoid conflict and collision.

Changing Lanes in Intersections

Lane ChangeI am often asked to tell the motoring public that it is illegal to change lanes in an intersection. I cannot do this, because there is no specific rule prohibiting this driving action in the Motor Vehicle Act. However, a defensive driver will choose not to do this, even if it is legal.

Driving on the Shoulder

No Driving on Shoulder SignOur highways are not for the exclusive use of motor vehicles. Bicycles, pedestrians, equestrians and others may be expected to use their fair share of the highway as well. In fact, in some ways the shoulder of the road could be considered to be their domain and not always that of the driver.

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