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Information relating to the government and traffic laws.

It's Not Easy Being a Pedestrian

Pedestrian CrossingOur provincial driving manual Learn to Drive Smart devotes an entire chapter to the concept of See - Think - Do Method. See: The pedestrian waiting to cross the street in the intersection. Think: There are no lines painted on the pavement, but it is an unmarked crosswalk and I have to stop for the pedestrian. Do: Yield the right of way to the pedestrian and allow them to cross the street.

In a perfect world, drivers would have no hesitation in stopping for pedestrians, pedestrians would use a crosswalk properly and the authorities would construct roads to facilitate both.

NEWS - Pilot Car Load Movement Guidelines

Pink Road Work Ahead SignThe Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has announced the implementation of Pilot Car Load Movement Guidelines to regulate the safe movement of oversize vehicles on B.C.'s highways. Part of the Traffic Management Manual for Work on Highways, it also describes new temporary signs with a fluorescent pink background to warn of an emergency situation. In this case an example might be an overwidth load stopped so that it obstructed a lane of travel. It would be up to the pilot car operator to place the sign appropriately to warn approaching traffic.

PILOT PROJECT - Drug Impaired Driving Saliva Testing

SwabWould you care to volunteer a sample of saliva to test for drug use? This question might soon be part of an impaired driving investigation in Vancouver. Part of a federal pilot project to evaluate testing devices and to establish protocols for their use, volunteered saliva test results would not be used as part of court or administrative sanctions against the driver. Unfortunately, the story does not provide any indication of how the test results would equate with impairment or the accuracy of the instruments.

RESOURCE - Community Road Safety Toolkit

BC LogoA survey of municipalities in 2015 found that they were interesting in having more knowledge on road safety planning, safety designs, and strategies. The toolkit will be built and distributed as part of the province's Vision Zero initiative and is intended for all agencies with a mandate related to road safety.

REPORT - Motor Coach Safety Review

BC LogoThe Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has released it's final report on the safety of motor coach transportation in the province.

Insurance Fraud & Insurance Rates - Who to Believe?

Question MarkOuch! My ICBC insurance rates are going up as much as 42% over the next five years according to an article in the Province newspaper. I already paid $630 this year for the privilege of having my fellow British Columbians help me pay for collision liability if I make a mistake and crash my pickup. I’m not looking forward to paying $895 in 2021, but when you consider how much you could be on the hook for if you didn’t have insurance, even that doesn’t look too bad.

PROGRAM - Community Safety Enhancement

The B.C. Government has announced a 50% increase in funding for the Community Safety Enhancement Program. This means that there is 7.5 million dollars available for ideas and input from municipalities and local residents to build projects, like better lighting, new crosswalks and improved signage to enhance local road safety. Also included in the program are enhancements for pedestrians, cyclists and transit.

Why Don't I See Traffic Police at Work?

Ticket WriterYou might be surprised to learn that this was a topic of conversation among my colleagues when we sat down for a coffee break during a shift. Most often one of us would have been travelling during their vacation and the remark would be something along the lines of “I drove all the way to X and back and didn’t see anyone stopping violators!” Maybe there is something to the remark “Where’s a cop when you need one?”

I Want a New Highway Speed Limit Sign in My Neighbourhood

Speed SignThe article that I wrote two weeks ago concerning solving your own road safety problems prompted an inquiry from the East Kootenays. The writer complained that a section of Highway 31A leaving the town of New Denver was marked with a 50 zone ends speed sign and the next kilometre or so of the road had many driveways, some intersections, a pedestrian crossing for a public trail and was regularly used by cyclists and pedestrians. Some drivers, with motorcyclists singled out for special mention, regularly travel here at speeds as high as 120 km/h. Would I please have a sign put up limiting the speed to 50 or 60 km/h here?

NEWS - Variable Speed Limit Signs Activated

Variable Speed SignVariable speed signs are now operational in three areas of British Columbia. The signs will be changed to moderate traffic speeds during poor weather in an effort to prevent collisions. On site weather and road condition monitors report to the regional traffic management center in Coquitlam where staff will change the speed signs remotely. A flashing yellow light on the top of the sign will flash when the speed had been reduced to reinforce the fact that action must be taken by drivers.

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