SpeedWatch

SpeedwatchWhat is the idea behind the speed reader board at the roadside? Is speed watch out to help the police see that speeding drivers get charged? Why are the people writing notes? These are common questions asked about a very valuable volunteer group in your community.

Check Your Lights

HID HeadlightsThe next time you get into your vehicle, start it up, set the parking brake, turn on all of the lights and the hazard flashers. Walk around your vehicle and check all the lights. Are they all lit as they should be, and are the lenses clean, intact and still the right colour? If so, you are good to go from the standpoint of lights at least.

More on Driver's Licence Restrictions

BC Driver's LicenceMany drivers have what are referred to as restrictions on their driver's license. These restrictions may be limiting, such as being allowed a maximum number of passengers if you are in the Graduated Licensing Program or having to wear corrective lenses if your eyesight does not meet minimum standards. They may also be empowering as is the case with being allowed to operate air brake equipped vehicles or tow a trailer with a Gross Vehicle Weight over 4, 600 kg. In all cases, restrictions must be obeyed, or the driver will find themselves in difficulty if they are stopped by the police or they are involved in a collision.

Blue Headlights

HID HeadlightsI don't like these blue headlights! They produce too much glare and it's harder for me to see when these vehicles are approaching. This is a typical and frequent comment made to me in discussions.

There are two types of headlights that emit blue coloured light, one legal and one not.

Be Safe, Be Seen

pedestrian conspicuityOne would think that the most likely pedestrian to be struck on our highways would be a child. They are impulsive, may not follow the rules because they don't know them, and have not yet had the experience to fear the outcome of a bad decision. If you do think that this is the case, you would be wrong.

Wildlife Collisions

Deer Crossing Sign2002 collision statistics for British Columbia report 395 human injury and 5 human fatal collisions resulting from animal strikes on our highways. Over 8,000 collisions occur every year and ICBC pays out more than $20 million for the resulting insurance claims. The Ministry of Transportation pays out more than $600,000 in clean up costs.

Can You See?

Frosty Car WindshieldDepending on where you are reading this column in British Columbia, the autumn frosts are either already here, or will be here shortly. This means that it is now time to be aware of the lazy driver who can't or won't scrape their windows and pulls onto the highway before the defrosters have had a chance to clear more than a small patch low on the windshield.

Drinking and Driving Zero Tolerance

Keys and DrinkUsing alcohol helps drivers make poor decisions. Of course, the decision of importance to us all is "do I drive, or have I had too much?" This is a decision that should be simple, if you drink don't drive, and the law should reinforce that.

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.

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