Q&A - Driver Right of Way Over Pedestrians

Q&A ImageQ: I live in quiet little Summerland. Our busiest intersection is a T-junction complete with 3 cross walks. Traffic usually proceeds through that T junction at a very slow pace. It is very common to see pedestrians step out into a crosswalk without paying attention to vehicular traffic currently in the intersection.

ICBC - Take the Test

ICBC LogoToday's hopeful new drivers must take a computer based knowledge test and pass with a score of at least 80% correct in order to obtain a learner's licence. Contrast that with the 20 question A or B test that I took when I was 16 or my mother who simply paid for her licence and then learned to drive!

Stop Signs & Red Lights, Honk, Honk, Honk!

Stop Sign"I almost lost my life at West Fourth and Blenheim in Vancouver this morning" reported a DriveSmartBC Twitter follower. "I was turning left. The traffic lights were red for the traffic on Fourth. I stopped for the stop sign on Blenheim, then moved into the intersection to make my turn. The vehicle approaching me from the opposite direction was speeding and didn't even slow down for the stop sign. She went straight through!"

DATA - Motor Vehicle Act Regulations Offences 2016

Ticket WriterHere's the list showing totals for tickets written under B.C.'s Motor Vehicle Act Regulations during 2016. It can be compared to the 2015 totals here.

DATA - Motor Vehicle Act Offences 2016

Ticket WriterIn 2014 I responded to the often heard statement that "The police never write tickets for..." for those who complained on the subject but really had no idea of whether their belief was true or not. After looking at the list of tickets issued for Motor Vehicle Act offences that year they could either justify their complaint or be satisfied that the opposite was really true. You can find the data for the Motor Vehicle Act and Motor Vehicle Act Regulations in 2015 on this site as well.

NEWS - BC to Follow Montana's Example

New BC LogoTodd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, made a surprise announcement today concerning speed limits on BC's freeways. Effective one month from today they will be removed entirely during the daytime. Like Montana, drivers will be required to drive at a speed that is reasonable and prudent in the circumstances.

CASE LAW - Perilli v Marlow

BC Courts Coat of ArmsNot all collision litigation resulting from crashes on our highways involve motor vehicles. In this case, the collision occurred between Rosario Perilli, a jogger, and Wendy Marlow, a 10 year old youth riding a bicycle. Mr. Perilli fell to the ground in his attempt to avoid the collision and suffered injuries, including one to his shoulder that required surgery to repair.

READING - Safe System Infrastructure Compendium

Austroads LogoFrom the document description:

This report provides a compendium of knowledge on Safe System treatments and identifies real world experience in the practical application of solutions that can mitigate crash severity.

Electronic Driver Monitoring

Mentor by eDrivingWould you voluntarily submit to electronic monitoring of your vehicle in order to save money on insurance? I've been thinking about this lately in the context of my experience with an electronic driver monitoring app, our current concerns with ICBC rates and the seeming lack of consequences for drivers who don't follow the rules. With the right privacy safeguards this could safely and efficiently solve a number of problems.

CASE LAW - R v Schryvers

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis is a case that dates back to November 1, 1962 in the British Columbia Supreme Court. It is the origin of what is known among police officers as the Schryvers Test and is used to assist in properly identifying the driver in traffic court as the accused.

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