The Lowly Licence Plate

BC Licence PlateThe licence plate has one purpose: to quickly and easily identify the vehicle that it is attached to. This is important enough that a whole division of the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations is devoted to the subject. Fines for failing to follow these rules may be expensive as well, ranging from $109 to as much as $230.

RESEARCH - Young Drivers at Risk From Cannabis Use

MarihuanaEven five hours after smoking marihuana, young drivers are at an increased risk of a crash according to the results of a clinical trial conducted at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre.

Roadside Mechanical Inspections

tow awayMany people think of traffic policing consists mostly of handing out speeding tickets. This is not the case as there are many other job functions that officers are responsible for. One that I often found to be an interesting challenge was conducting roadside mechanical inspections.

Q&A - Backup Light Confusion

Q&A ImageQ: how is it that car manufacturers are allowed to use reverse lights for functions other than reversing?

I find it very confusing in a parking lot when I am slowing down for a vehicle that has reverse lights on, only to find people walking towards it or away from it and the vehicle is simply using the reverse lights as a "parking light" or some such thing.

How to Handle Being Pulled Over

Police VehicleIt is possible that a careful driver could pass their entire driving career without being pulled over by the police. It's a situation that is not covered in our provincial drivers manual Learn to Drive Smart and may only receive a brief mention during formal driver training.

READING - Developing Technology Neutral Rules for Driver Distraction

NTC LogoThe Australian National Transport Commission is planning to update rules regarding the use of in vehicle technology and has asked for public input. This could be of equal importance here in British Columbia and the document outlines what we might consider.

READING - A New Traffic Safety Paradigm

VTPI LogoThe Victoria Transport Policy Institute has released a document that recognizes the long term decline in traffic casualty rates is ending. According to the document's introduction "Crash rates have started to increase, indicating that current traffic safety strategies have fulfilled their potential. To achieve ambitious safety goals such as Road to Zero we need additional traffic safety strategies. This will require a paradigm shift, a change in the way traffic risks are measured and potential safety strategies are evaluated."

Solving School Traffic Problems

school zone signThe Parent Advisory Council for Hans Helgesen Elementary School near Victoria wanted to solve pedestrian safety issues on Rocky Point Road. The Council was working with the District of Metchosin and wanted to have a marked crosswalk installed at that road's intersection with Windover Terrace. The District was reluctant to do this.

CASE LAW - R v Catling

BC Courts Coat of ArmsMatthew Catling received two traffic tickets, one in Richmond for speeding in a municipality and one in Vancouver for using an electronic device. Mr. Catling filed separate Constitutional Question Act notices on both the Richmond and Robson Square prosecutions on November 2, 2017, and November 24, 2017, respectively. He asserted that s. 63.1 of the Offence Act violates Sections 7 and 11(d) of the Charter.

Suggestions From the Twitterverse

twitter logoFor my final article of 2018 I turned to the loyal followers of @DriveSmartBC on Twitter, asking what they felt was important to review. Within a very short time I had five suggestions to write about.

@MRTMCMLIII suggested the “Orange Options” on each corner that few know how to use to signal their intentions before they complete a manoeuvre.

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