SURVEY - What B.C. Drivers Don’t Know Can Hurt Them

Road Safety at Work LogoA survey conducted by Road Safety at Work shows many people who drive as part of their job have misconceptions about motor vehicle crashesand their causes – on B.C.’s roads. “Learning the facts can help prevent injuries and even save their lives,” says Louise Yako, program director for Road Safety at Work.

Driving Without a Licence

BC Driver's LicenceA reader has asked "What would happen to me if I was caught driving without a drivers licence?" It is a question that will expose serious consequences for you and the owner of the vehicle you are driving if it is not your own. I will confine my answer to the situation where you don't have a driver's licence either because you did not get one, it was expired or you did not have it properly reinstated after a suspension or prohibition.

READING - Road Safety Annual Report 2020

International Transport Forum logoThe International Transport Forum's Road Safety Annual Report puts Canada in the middle of the OECD Countries for the percentage in change of road deaths from 2010 to 2018 showing a reduction of about 18%. The leader is Norway with about a 48% reduction and the worst is Costa Rica with in increase of about 38%.

RESEARCH - Driving Deaths Caused by Simple Errors

TAC LogoThe Transport Accident Commission (TAC) of Victoria, Australia reports that new research reveals the majority of the state’s road deaths happen because of a simple mistake committed by the driver.  In 2020, 71% of road deaths involved a basic error, as opposed to high-risk behaviours such as speeding, drink-driving and drug-driving.

Driver's Licence Restrictions

New Driver SignsMy girls attend high school and daily I watch as many of these students fill their cars with friends while displaying the "N" reports a reader. They go on to say that they spoke to their girls about this and the girls said that these young people just ignore that stipulation because no one checks and it is a nuisance being allowed to only carry one passenger.

NEWS - Not on MY Street!

Stop SignIt's back to school time for students at Frank J. Ney Elementary School in Nanaimo and Nanaimo News Now is reporting conflicts between residents on Entwhisle Drive and Carriage Drive and the parents driving their children to the school. The residents do not want the parents to use "their" street to deliver children to school.

READING - Richfield Sweet Streets

Road ConstructionRichfield is a suburb of the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2013 it enacted a complete streets policy that became "Richfield Sweet Streets." It incorporates a hierarchy in which users are prioritized differently in road redesign and reconstruction and relies on extensive community engagement, aiming to improve outcomes for individuals and the community as a whole.

The School Year Begins Again

School BusWe place a high value on our children and signify that with school and playground zones. Traffic is required to slow to the lowest speed limit that we normally post and drivers are expected to pay more attention than usual. Students must get to and from school safely. Having said that, sometimes the greatest danger in a school zone is presented by parents and teachers.

ICBC - Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT)

ICBC LogoSeptember 1, 2021 saw the implementation of a new website location and design for ICBC's driver training information. Of interest on the new site is information on teaching the new Class 1 driver Mandatory Entry Level Training known as MELT. There are already a number of driving schools that are offering MELT training and they can be found here.

VIDEO - Low Bridge!

VideoMeet Monty, a railroad underpass in Melbourne, Australia that only has 3 m of clearance above the road surface. As you might guess, many vehicles greater than 3m high literally run into trouble at the underpass. This happens so frequently that there is even a website dedicated to keeping track of how many days have passed since the last crash!

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