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HERGOTT LAW - Would Increasing Distracted Driving Penalties Actually Make the Problem Worse?

Hergott Law logoPaul Hergott is a personal injury lawyer that practices in Kelowna are regularly writes on road safety. His latest article examines what might happen when the government increases the penalties for distracted driving. The position that he takes is that this could increase the problem by driving everyone to switch to hands free technologies.

DATA - RoadSafetyBC Statistics

New BC LogoData BC's data catalogue contains 20 datasets for RoadSafetyBC that include a wide variety of data about motor vehicle collisions in our province. It also contains sets for Immediate Roadside Prohibitions (IRP), vehicle impounds and other driving prohibitions.

OPINION - Point to Point Speed Cameras on the Malahat

CRD TSC LogoThe Capital Regional District Traffic Safety Commission is encouraging your participation, for or against, in it's campaign to increase safety on the Malahat highway. The provincial government has suggested that it will consider a trial of point to point speed cameras (also known as average speed over distance cameras) on the Malahat if the public expresses an interest. Your input is encouraged via e-mail to PSSG.Minister@gov.bc.ca until March 1, 2018.

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.

REFERENCE - Addressing Citizen Requests For Traffic Safety Concerns

Exclamation Mark SignAddressing Citizen Requests For Traffic Safety Concerns is an interesting document from the Local Road Research Board in Minnesota. The following is taken from the document's abstract:

The Enhanced Road Assessment

key with car in backgroundThe new year will bring changes to how drivers are re-examined to insure that they are safe to continue to drive. Current DriveABLE testing will be replaced by an Enhanced Road Assessment (ERA) that will be administered by ICBC at no cost.

BILL 12 - 2017 Public Safety Statutes Amendment Act

Violation Ticket TopB.C. is moving a little closer to having a modern traffic ticketing system. Instead of an officer hand writing a violation ticket, the data will be entered into a computer at the roadside and a printed copy of the eTicket issued to the offending driver. In addition to producing a completely legible document the data can be transmitted to ICBC and the court system, eliminating a significant duplication of effort.

What Would it Take to Get YOU to Drive Respectfully?

Question MarkNews Item: Ontario introducing $50,000 fines for careless drivers causing death (Globe and Mail, September 20, 2017).

Bill 158, Protecting Vulnerable Road Users Act, 2017 will implement significant consequences for drivers who break the listed rules and cause serious injury or death. The penalties include a mandatory probation order that will require the driver to take a driving instruction course and perform community service. The community service must include activity related to improving driving safety and public education on driving safety. Their driver’s licence will be suspended during the probation.

CASE LAW - Eller v British Columbia (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

BC Courts Coat of ArmsWilliam Eller represented the Aspen Road Community's interests in this action against the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure's (MOTI) proposed changes to the Malahat Highway intersection serving their area. The action was taken because the residents felt that the MOTI failed to incorporate their concerns into the improvement project. An injunction was requested to prevent the changes being made until the safest design for the affected area was determined in full consultation with the residents.

NEWS - Highway Line Paint Research

New BC LogoWhen the Government of Canada put an end to the use of oil based paint for highway line markings the durability that we had come to expect ended. Since that time the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has been searching for and testing suitable replacements. Starting this month a new, thicker water-based paint will be applied on major B.C. highways along with a new reflective glass bead in areas where wet nights are an issue.

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