Miscellaneous

Information regarding topics that don't fit in established categories.

HELP - How Do I Find....

Question MarkThis site has existed since 2004 and contains a lot of material. It can be a chore to find exactly what you are looking for, so this guide on how to search the site effectively may help you.

Preparing for Motorized Personal Mobility Devices

Motor Assisted CycleBritish Columbia's view of what consists of acceptable methods of transportation on our roads had changed considerably since I started policing in the 1980's. Back then, cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles and feet were pretty much all that was allowed. Devices like rollerblades, skateboards, motorized bicycles and scooters were either strictly controlled or forbidden completely.

Load Security

No Load SecurityA reader asks about an incident where a ladder had fallen off a truck traveling on the highway. The driver following behind the truck took evasive action that resulted in a collision. This question raises many important issues including hazard avoidance, duty at a collision and load securement.

IIHS - Safe Vehicles for Teens

IIHS LogoI spoke with a father once about his teen's vehicle. I had inspected it at roadside and because of various defects I had issued it a Notice & Order #2. The father was trying to convince me to withdraw the order because he knew that the vehicle would not pass inspection and it would be too expensive to repair.

Preparing for Trial? Request Disclosure.

GavelI'm always amazed at the amount of poorly qualified or outright incorrect information on the web when I search for traffic enforcement related information. One popular topic that seems especially mistreated is disclosure of the Crown's evidence prior to trial.

VISION - Our Eyes Were Not Designed for Driving

GlassesAccording to John Sullivan, a RAF pilot, we are the result of hundreds of thousands of years of evolution. Our eyes, and the way that our brain processes the images that they receive, are very well suited to creeping up on unsuspecting antelopes and spotting threats such as sabre-toothed tigers. These threats are largely gone and they’ve been replaced by vehicles travelling towards us at high speeds. This, we’ve not yet adapted to deal with.

NEWS - Electric Kick Scooter Trials

New BC LogoThe Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has announced pilot projects in six BC municipalities to allow the use of electric kick scooters on streets. Designed to assess the safety of e-mobility as safe modes of personal transportation these projects must be enabled by municipal bylaws.

Sharing With Horses

Horse Warning SignOur Motor Vehicle Act defines traffic as pedestrians, ridden or herded animals, vehicles, cycles and other conveyances, either singly or together, while using a highway to travel. That's right, a horse being ridden on the highway is considered to be traffic. Animal drawn vehicles are a legitimate part of the mix too.

RESOURCE - People's Law School: Cars & Getting Around

People's Law School LogoThe People's Law School is a non-profit BC society whose goal is to make the law accessible to everyone. The section of their website dedicated to Cars & Getting Around has a section on Your Rights & Driving.

FUN - Build Your Own Speed Camera System

Red Light Camera SignI enjoy tinkering with electronics in my spare time and was pleasantly surprised to come across instructions on how to build my own speed camera system using a Raspberry Pi and Python based software that was freely available to download and use. You can probably create the whole system for less than $100!

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