Traffic related news items.

NEWS - Cell Phone Amendment to Motor Vehicle Act

The bill to add section 214.1, Use of Electronic Devices while Driving (including cellular telephones and similar devices), to the Motor Vehicle Act has received final reading and will be implemented on January 1, 2010. For more information on the bill as passed, see the links below:

NEWS - Alcohol Interlock Curriculum for Practitioners Web Site

TIRF New LogoThe Traffic Injury Research Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of the Alcohol Interlock Curriculum for Practitioners (AICP) website, an educational resource for diverse audiences. Information relating to the following topics can be found at this site:

NEWS - BC to Have Slow Down, Move Over Law

BC FlagThe Motor Vehicle Act Regulations have been amended to create Division 47 which is scheduled to come into effect June 1, 2009. The new rules will require drivers approaching stopped emergency vehicles displaying flashing lights to slow down, and if traffic permits, to move over into the adjacent lane in order to pass by. The changes will provide a safe working area for emergency crews.

NEWS - Traffic Fine Revenues Returned to Local Governments

BC FlagThe BC Ministry of Community Development announced today that $63 Million from traffic fines are being returned to local governments to "hire more officers and invest in local projects, ranging from youth outreach and drug awareness programs to traffic safety."

NEWS - European New Car Ratings

European NCAP LogoEuro NCAP, the organisation that assesses the safety of new cars, has introduced a new overall car safety rating. The rating system is a new approach to rating safety performance and will challenge vehicle manufacturers to make all-round safer cars.

NEWS - BC Collision Rate Lowest in Six Years

BC FlagThe Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General has announced that fatal collisions in British Columbia have dropped from a high of 467 in 2002 to a low of 350 in 2008. The decline is attributed to a reduction in key dangerous driving habits including drinking and driving, aggressive driving and a higher rate of wearing seatbelts.

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