CASE LAW - Winthrope v Superintendent of Motor Vehicles

BC Courts Coat of ArmsMarika Winthrope obtained her class 7 novice driver's licence in 2012. Due to the cost, she never attempted to obtain her full class 5 licence. In 2015 she received a speeding ticket and what the court surmised was a one month prohibition resulting from it in 2016.

Why Should I Behave When I Use the Highway?

Doesn't Play Well With OthersThe theme last week among those that I follow on Twitter seemed to be "doesn't play well with others." Whether the subject of the Tweet was a driver, cyclist or pedestrian the behavior highlighted was either thoughtless or selfish. Add an over the top example that I witnessed on Saturday and I wonder why should I behave when I use the highway?

LEGISLATION - The Cannabis Control and Licensing Act

No CannabisOur provincial government is preparing for the decriminalization of the use of marihuana. As alcohol is currently regulated under the Liquour Control and Licensing Act (LCLA), cannabis will be regulated under the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act (CCLA). Specific sections of the Act govern possession and use in motor vehicles.

READING - Changing Driving Laws to Support Automated Vehicles

NTC LogoGovernments are faced with the prospect of preparing for the operation of self driving vehicles on our highways. Probably chief among the considerations is who is responsible if the automated vehicle causes a crash.

Collisions and Road Closures

Intersection CrashHey, you'll know the answer to this, why are the police allowed to close the highway for so long to investigate a collision? I don't think that it should ever be closed for more than about an hour.

VIDEO - Should Wearing a Bicycle Helmet be Mandatory?

video iconThis video is a news story carried on CTV Vancouver Island. It explains that helmet use has been mandatory for a long time but may cyclists don't bother wearing them. Those that don't believe that it should be a personal choice. This is balanced by those who wear one and have avoided serious injury in a crash because of it.

Q & A - Road Signs Used in BC

Q&A ImageQ: A while ago you had offered a test that new drivers have to get 80% on in order to pass. But there were at least 2 signs I had never seen before. One was a circle with nothing in it and then a square with nothing in it. I'm wondering if there are other signs I've never seen before and was trying to find a place on the driver's web-site where I could look at all the signs and what they mean - however, I couldn't find it. I'm wondering if you could give me the url to that information.

Thoughts on the Decision to Stop Driving

Senior DriverWe have built our world around the convenience of the motor vehicle. Without one, our focus suddenly becomes much more narrow. Are you prepared to cope with the decision to stop driving when the time comes?

READING - IIHS Status Report May 8, 2018

IIHS LogoThis issue of the status report deals with three topics: the increasing rate of pedestrian deaths and how some solutions may help, how Subaru's crash avoidance system reduces pedestrian crashes and a discussion of how insurance costs are rising in the face of Michigan's weak motorcycle helmet laws.

Little Things Can Make Big Differences

ExclamationI've been riding as a passenger in heavy traffic this past week and have had time to watch and think about what is going on around me. There are many small things that a driver should do out of habit to minimize their chances of being involved in a collision.

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