Intersections

Information related to intersections.

Where to Stop for a Stop Sign

Stop SignWould you believe me if I told you that the positioning of a stop sign at an intersection has nothing to do with where you must stop? Yes, the sign tells you that you must stop, but the markings on the roadway, or lack of them, tell you where the stop has to take place. There are four possibilities for a driver to consider.

CASE LAW - R v Jacobson

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThe police must follow the provisions of the Emergency Vehicle Driving Regulation when they intend to employ the exemption from the rules of the road set out in the Motor Vehicle Act. In this case, Constable Jacobson was driving his police vehicle on Highway 97 at Daimler Drive in West Kelowna approaching a red light. Hoping to save a few minutes arriving at a complaint he activated the police vehicles's emergency lights and siren about 4 - 5 vehicle lengths’ back from the beginning of the left turn lane on Highway 97 going south. He attempted to make a left hand turn in the intersection and was struck by a northbound Jetta.

CASE LAW - Ali v Fineblit

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis case arises from a collision at the intersection of West 7th Avenue and Pine Street in Vancouver, B.C. A motorcycle driven by Rizwan Ali had stopped at the stop sign on 7th anticipating a left turn onto Pine. Shirley Fineblit was following behind Mr. Ali and decided to pass by him on the left because he had been driving his motorcycle slowly and she thought he was turning right. Mr. Ali turned left and collided with Ms. Fineblit as she passed by.

Q&A - Should the Pedestrian Have Waited?

I pulled up to a crosswalk and a stop sign where there were pedestrians crossing. I came to a stop and let them go. after when there were no more pedestrians in sight I moved forward to see the traffic to ensure it was safe for me to go through the intersection (2-way stop).

As I pulled up a surge of traffic came and I was unable to proceed, which stopped me in the crosswalk.

BC Bad Driver of the Week - 643WNH

Bad DriverThis overtaking driver fails to signal his intention, passes on the right travelling off of the roadway and then fails to stop for the stop sign. He's being selfish by refusing to wait his turn and complicating the traffic flow at the intersection for other drivers. I'm tempted to make my left turn from a position nearer to the right edge of the lane when I see this coming in my rear view mirror, but this is not correct. One must position their vehicle near the center line in preparation for a left turn.

VIDEO - How to Drive at an Intersection With a Bike Box

video iconThis video is provided by the City of Guelph, Ontario and shows drivers how to drive at an intersection where a bike box is present.

Q&A - Left Turn from Wrong Lane

Q&A ImageSomething that I am seeing more frequently when leaving the Superstore here in Courtenay, and I wonder if you  are seeing it down your way. The link below shows the grey car in a left turning lane and when that driver receives the advanced left-turning signal, then turns onto Ryan Road heading toward the Island Hwy bypass. The lane to his right as you can see goes straight onto Sandwick Rd.

BC Bad Driver of the Week 4

This incident takes place in the northbound lanes of Highway 19 at Northfield Road in Nanaimo. The black pickup approaches in the right turn lane appearing to be turning right. Switching to the front camera view reveals that the pickup driver has decided not to wait with everyone else at the red light and slide through on the right shoulder between waiting traffic and the traffic islands.

BC Bad Driver of the Week - Left Turn Into Wrong Lane

I almost hesitate labelling this one Bad Driver of the Week because I know how easy this is to do if you are not paying attention. I did this once at a T intersection where there was a particularly wide median that made either direction look like two different roads to me. However, the driver of the gray car at the middle left approaches the intersection on a green light intending to turn left.

Q&A - 4 Way Stop & a Yield

Q&A ImageI drove to a 4 way stop intersection that had only single lanes in all four directions BUT also had a yield sign on my right hand. I stopped and then proceeded to turn right. My passenger said I had no need to come to a full stop and could proceed to turn right so long as I yielded to oncoming traffic or traffic from the left.

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