Saving ICBC Money

It sounds bizarre, but I enjoy watching crash scenes taken by dash cams on Youtube. Maybe enjoy is the wrong word, but “interesting” seems a bit dull.  One of the major things I have discovered is that a very large majority of crashes occur when someone is making a left hand turn.  A very large percentage.  I am sure police would have stats on that. 

I would like to suggest that ICBC, yourself or anyone else with a recognized voice, put forward the suggestion that left hand turns be minimized as much as possible.  The concept of coming to a full stop, in the middle of a urban road, or much worse, on a highway, just seems silly.  Idiots that cross a double solid line should be ticketed more often.   I know, it’s legal in certain circumstances.

Another way to save ICBC money, is to restrict the use of trucks in certain areas… yeah, I can hear the screaming already.  Unfortunately, hitting a truck from behind can cause a major cost expense, unlike hitting a car.  These units often have raised rear end, without a metal blocking bar (like the big trucks to prevent cars from driving under the tailgate), and they most often have a trailer receiver sticking out the back, inviting serious damage with just a simple bump. 

I always thought the there was a maximum height that bumpers need to be.  Are trucks under a different set of rules?  Do trucks over a certain height need a crash bar” 

Many years ago, my wife hit one of these raised units which had a hitch at about 5 kph, and the “spear-like” hitch went thru the grill and destroyed both the air conditioner cooler and the main radiator.  This should have been just a minor event, but it cost ICBC almost $2000.00.  The repair shop felt that this damage was excessive, given hat the truck had no damage, and the rest of the car remained pristine. What a waste! 

Exposed hitches should be illegal.  No whining about how long it takes to put one on.

Maybe all of us can help reduce the massive overspending by ICBC by a few signs and some common sense .

Turning left, right?

I would like to suggest that ICBC, yourself or anyone else with a recognized voice, put forward the suggestion that left hand turns be minimized as much as possible.  The concept of coming to a full stop, in the middle of a urban road, or much worse, on a highway, just seems silly.

 

This process has been under way for decades, now. That's why we see many turns restricted at certain times, and increasingly the application of either separate Left Turn Lane traffic lights, or a (usually advanced) Green Arrow phase that eliminates conflict with other road users.

The challenge facing Traffic Engineers is two-fold. On the one hand, they want to do everything necessary to make things safer, and on the other they're trying to maintain as much of an efficient flow as possible. It was pointed out to me once, when I suggested restricting left turns at a certain intersection, that this usually doesn't eliminate a problem so much as move it somewhere else.

From time to time, ICBC have used some of their hoarded wealth and shovelled money over to municipalities to help pay for everything from intersection improvement to increased policing along certain corridors. Generally speaking, the municipalities will upgrade lights, lanes, road markings, etc when this happens. But it's my firm belief that the police will typically turn their backs on intersection behaviour, as they'll be using the money to point radar guns at smoothly flowing traffic ... so much easier, you see, than doing anything useful.

Darn it, I'm becoming a curmudgeon!

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