RESEARCH - E-Survey of Road Users’ Attitudes

E-Survey of Road Users Attitudes LogoAccording to the website, the E-Survey of Road Users' Attitudes (ESRA) is a joint initiative of road safety institutes, research centres, public services, and private sponsors from all over the world. The aim is to collect and analyse comparable data on road safety performance and road safety culture. The ESRA data are used as a basis for a large set of road safety indicators. These provide scientific evidence for policy making at national and international levels.

READING - Traffic Calming and Emergency Vehicles

image of a BC ambulanceOne of the drawbacks of traffic calming measures can be the effect that they have on the response time of emergency vehicles, particularly fire apparatus because of their size. This does not have to be the case as well-conceived traffic calming techniques and traditional neighbourhood street design can accommodate the needs of emergency responders while creating safe and livable neighbourhoods.

Why Aren't the Police Enforcing Traffic Laws?

image of officer writing a traffic ticketIt seems that traffic policing involves only three things where I live: speeding, seat belts and alcohol. From my point of view there is effectively no policing of other bad driving habits. Consequently we now have a majority of drivers not using signals to change lanes. A large percentage seems to have no idea that a left turn should end up in the left lane and right lane on a right turn. To make matters worse, police are also guilty of some of the same bad practices.

ICBC - No Compensation for Use of Sick Days

ICBC LogoKaren Nishimura was a passenger in a vehicle that was involved in a collision that caused her injury. During her recuperation she used up the banked sick time she had accumulated through her job. Realizing that she might need that sick time if she did not heal from her injury properly or that it would not be available to take as a benefit when she retired, she asked ICBC to compensate her for it.

RESEARCH - Evaluation of ADAS

An American Automobile Association (AAA) study in 2018 found that over the course of 4,000 miles of real-world driving, vehicles equipped with active driving assistance systems (ADAS) experienced some type of issue every 8 miles, on average. Drivers are reminded that ADAS is not a replacement for paying full attention at all times when you drive.

What Does M+S Mean?

Tiresmart TireEvery year beginning on October 1st, B.C.'s highways are posted with signs that require the use of winter tires for light vehicles. The sign shows both the mountain & snowflake symbol and the M+S acronym. While both types of tire meet the requirements, it is very important to understand what M+S really means.

CASE LAW - Jaura v Rosal

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThe case of Jaura v Rosal involves a right angle collision at the intersection of Inverness Street and 49th Avenue in Vancouver. Traffic on 49th Avenue was stopped bumper to bumper in both directions and Ms. Jaura had stopped at the stop sign northbound on Inverness Street. She intended to travel straight through the intersection.