Unsafe Driving Practices

Information related to unsafe driving practices.

Blame the Driver, Not the Highway

SoapboxAfter many horrific motor vehicle crashes in our province comes a call for highway improvements. For the most part, the call should be for driver improvements instead. Traveling past the site of one such recent incident in my neighbourhood it struck me that inappropriate speed, failing to maintain space margins, lack of lane discipline and poor communication needs to be improved before the highway does.

Hauling Firewood This Weekend?

firewood in pickup truckHeading out to collect some firewood for the winter this weekend? Fall was always a good time to watch for pickup trucks with pyramids of firewood in the back on our highways. When checked they were often illegal, and unsafe, in three ways: unsecured load, overweight and a danger to vehicle occupants if the pickup was involved in a collision.

Racing to a Stop

Red Traffic LightWe've all seen it and I'll bet that we all talk about them, drivers who race us to the next red light. Here they come, weaving through traffic, going over the speed limit and pass by us just in time to stop for the same red light that we do. These drivers put us all at risk to gain nothing and demonstrate their inability to plan ahead.

CASE LAW - Shaver v Lymbery

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis case arises from a collision that happened at the intersection of Ware Road and Highway 19 north of Nanaimo, B.C. Valerie Shaver was turning left from Ware Road to northbound on Highway 19 and Graeme Lymbery was travelling southbound on Highway 19 approaching the Ware Road intersection. The intersection itself is controlled by traffic lights.

Q&A - Pedestrians at Risk from Turning Drivers

Pedestrian CrossingAs a pedestrian in Vancouver I am feeling increasingly at risk. Cars making left turns are a particular hazard. To get to work I need to cross Cambie St. at 57th, where there is a pedestrian controlled crosswalk. I think that there needs to be more awareness around this kind of intersection.

Slow Down, Move Over Revisited

slow down move overNot much has changed since this law dictated what drivers passing emergency vehicles on the shoulder of the road must do in 2009. Drivers still fail to slow down and move over when possible, putting the safety of emergency workers at unnecessary risk. Our provincial Learn to Drive Smart guide speaks of the See, Think, Do method, and that's exactly what is needed in these situations.

VIDEO - The Impossible Texting and Driving Test

video iconThis video was produced for Responsible Young Drivers, a group from Belguim. The group promotes road safety and draws the attention to young drivers asking them to demonstrate responsible driving. It's network of 600 young volunteers in organize more than 250 activities each year in Belgium.

Beware the Flower Clown and Other Roadside Characters

Cst. MartellI would imagine that your opinion of police traffic surveillance tactics probably depends a lot on whether you are the recipient of a ticket or not because of them. You may have actually seen Corporal Smith in Nanaimo dressed up as the Easter Bunny or Constable Martell of Kelowna wearing a hoodie and holding up a sign made of cardboard. They certainly got to see a lot of traffic violators and provided information to pick up teams a bit further down the road.

Driving While Using Hand Held Devices

TextingAny chance you might do another article on handheld device usage in BC? The first rider death of 2012 in Kelowna was caused by driver inattention to cell phone usage. I've attached a photo that was just taken this Saturday. We actually took several - I was driving, my wife was operating the camera. This particular one clearly shows what has the driver's attention.

Canada's Road Safety Strategy 2015

ReThink LogoWe reach the mid-point of Canada's Road Safety Vision 2015 in only a few more months. I'm not going to ask if you are doing something to meet the goals of the program, I'm going to ask you if you have ever heard of the program. One would think that given the cost of motor vehicle collisions to each of us that this would be a topic of some interest and widely publicized.

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