Is It Legal For The Police to Drive Like That?

Red Traffic SignalThe C.F.S.E.U. was in the news this week, probably not in the way they would have liked. You may have seen the dash cam videos from Richmond showing a number of vehicles apparently brazenly running red lights. The story hit the news amid amazed comments about how bad drivers were becoming in the Lower Mainland.

LEARNING - Vision Zero Academy

Vision Zero CanadaFrom Sweden, the home of Vision Zero, the Vision Zero Academy "provides a general and more detailed view of Vision Zero, and the effects it has. The academy contains articles and different types of information that illustrate Vision Zero from a variety of starting points. It also contains examples of how the concepts and approach of Vision Zero have gained a foothold, in both countries outside Sweden as well as in other circumstances."

BILL M221 - The Rideshare Enabling Act

BC Legislative AssemblySubmitted by Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver on April 25, 2016, the Rideshare Enabling Act is a private members bill that has not progressed past first reading in the legislature to date. Private members bills rarely become law.

Make the Right Choices

facepalmWe just renewed the insurance on our car. It cost us $764 for basic insurance coverage on our 2013 Honda CR-V. I can hardly wait for next year to see what we will be paying to make up for this year's $935 million ICBC loss.

RESEARCH - The Battle for Attention

IAM LogoThe Institute of Advanced Motorists is a UK charity dedicated to improving standards and safety in driving, motorcycling and cycling. This 24 page report summarises recent research and knowledge from scientific studies about distracted driving. It also defines what it means to be ‘distracted’ when driving, discusses the impact of distraction on driver behaviour and safety, and what can be done to reduce distracted driving.

POSITION PAPER - Modernizing the BC Motor Vehicle Act

CyclistExecutive Summary

The Road Safety Law Reform Group is a British Columbian consortium of representatives from the legal community, cycling organizations and research institutions. We support the B C government’s “Vision Zero” plan to make BC’s roads the safest in North America and eliminate road related injuries and deaths by 2020.

Odds & Ends From the Inbox

InboxI've been trolling through the DriveSmartBC inbox for inspiration this morning. There are a lot of odds & ends there that deserve to be mentioned. Thanks to all for these questions and suggestions.

REPORT - Provincial Court of BC 2016/2017

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThe provincial courts handled 75,584 traffic and bylaw cases in 2016/2017, the lowest number in the past five years. Of possible interest in the report are complaints made against the judicial justices who hear these cases. Since trials are recorded, investigation and resolution of these complaints is relatively simple.

CASE LAW - R v Tomkowicz

BC Courts Coat of ArmsRobert Tomkowicz was issued a violation ticket for crossing a solid line and illegal use of an HOV lane while traveling southbound on Highway 99 in Richmond, B.C. The judicial justice in traffic court convicted him for both offences after a trial.

Monitoring & Changing Driving Behaviour

Mentor by eDrivingI've always been interested in driving and technology, so when I had the opportunity to combine the two, I jumped at it. Edriving provided access to their Mentor app for me to test. How would I measure up?

I installed the Mentor app on my tablet as I don't own a personal cell phone. The app is meant to be used on a cell phone but appeared to work properly on the tablet. It was just a bit awkward to put in my truck because of the size.

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