Young Drivers

New Driver SignsThe only thing I wanted for my 16th birthday was my driver's licence. My father took time off of work to drive me to what was then called the Motor License Office where I earned my learner's. It was a big day in my life, and marked the first milestone in joining the world of the adult.

Setting an Example

Speed SignThe past weekend's high speed crash on the Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge has us all shaking our heads in dismay. How could a young driver consider operating their vehicle at such speeds? Don't they know that it is dangerous to drive like this?

Seatbelts, An Automatic Habit

SeatbeltOne would think that wearing a seatbelt would be an automatic habit for today's drivers and their passengers. The seatbelt law has been in place for many years and the benefits of being properly buckled up have been clearly demonstrated. However, ICBC seatbelt surveys still show that a significant percentage of vehicle occupants don't buckle up, especially on rural roads.

Driving and Cell Phones

Driving DistractionsI'm a bit surprised that I have never dealt with the subject of cell phone use while driving in this column. There has been ample opportunity, from observing drivers while I am at work, to reading reports about it from safety researchers, your suggestions, and even a comment from the judiciary about clamping down on drivers who use them when they drive.

Motorcycle Driver's Licence Restrictions

BC Driver's LicenceThis 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.

Why Do We Have Traffic Rules?

Motor Vehicle ActI have just returned from a visit to Montreal, and driving behaviour that I saw there gave me a lot to think about. No one came to a full stop at a stop sign unless it was to avoid a collision with traffic already there. If you did stop and did not immediately proceed, the driver behind you honked the horn.

Tire Inflation - Riding on Air

Riding on AirCentral Island Traffic Services is currently investigating a serious single vehicle collision with multiple injuries. Evidence at the scene indicated that one of the rear tires on the vehicle was flat prior to the collision. Under inflation of the tire may have been the cause of this incident.

Refueling Safety

Gas NozzleMost of us drive vehicles that use gasoline for fuel. If you are like me, we probably notice the signs at the pump island that tell us to stop our engines before refueling but don't give it much more thought than that. Perhaps the reader that suggested this topic is doing us all a favor.

Radar Detectors

Radar DetectorSometimes the simplest questions can make you think. I was asked if radar detectors were legal in British Columbia by a work experience student I had taken out on patrol. The answer is, yes, they are.

The student paused to think this through. Speeding is illegal was the next observation. Yes, that's true also.

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