Safety Equipment

Information regarding driver & vehicle safety systems and equipment.

Breakdown Warning Devices

Breakdown Warning DevicesWhen I am not responding to column suggestions I take my inspiration from watching what is going on around me when I drive. The other day I almost turned around to warn a mother and child sitting on the concrete barrier in front of a broken down van towing a tent trailer.

VIDEO - What Happens When You Don't Wear a Seatbelt

Video This video contains scenes of a graphic nature. A disturbing new ad campaign has started to encourage people to wear their seat belts. The Government commercial shows graphic images of the fatal damage car crashes can cause to internal organs in a bid to persuade people to belt up.

Everyone Must Wear Seatbelts

SeatbeltTaxi drivers in British Columbia are exempt from wearing their seatbelts if they are travelling at less than 70 km/h. I have never understood why this exemption was necessary, particularly in light of the fact that doing so actually endangers their passengers.

CASE LAW - R v Dubbin

BC Courts Coat of ArmsIn this case Wendy Dubbin admits to not wearing a seatbelt and then attempts to have the charge dismissed. She argues that the provision of the Motor Vehicle Act which creates the offence of failing to wear a seatbelt violates her rights under section 2 and section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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VIDEO - Seatbelt Advertisement from Finland

VideoThis traffic safety advertisement from Finland is full of subtle humour and drives home the message "Even Dummies Wear Seatbelts." I especially liked the airbag inside the nut that the squirrel smashes open. Well worth the few seconds that it takes to view!

RESOURCE - Seat Belt and Child Restraint Guide for Policymakers

WHO LogoThis manual was produced as a practical manual for policymakers by the FIA Foundation, the Global Road Safety Partnership, the World Bank and the World Health Organization providing advice to public authorities on introducing laws and improving seat belt compliance.

RESOURCE - Child Restraint Public and Consumer Information Notices

Transport Canada New LogoTransport Canada publishes two types of notices with regard to child restraints on their web site. A Public Notice is issued when products do not comply with safety standards or are defective and a Consumer Information Notice is issued when there is a general problem with a restraint that does not relate to compliance or defect.

VIDEO - Electronic Stability Control

ESC LogoElectronic Stability Control (ESC) is a technology that should be standard on all vehicles. The system compares the driver's intended direction of travel with the actual travel of the vehicle many times per second. If they do not match, selective braking is applied to force the vehicle back to the intended path, averting a collision.

RESOURCE - Child Passenger Safety

Safe Kids Canada LogoThe Parachute Canada (was Safe Kids Canada) web site has a good collection of information on child safety, including their protection while riding in a motor vehicle. In particular, an on line video that illustrates the benefits of child restraint use. The web site points out that almost 70 children die in motor vehicle crashes each year in Canada and two are hospitalized due to crash injuries every day. Visit and learn!

VIDEO - Want to Fight?

VideoNo one does traffic safety videos quite like the Australians. In this 30 second television ad you learn the value of wearing a seatbelt. Like it says at the end, no belt, no brain!

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