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How Does a Pedestrian Scramble Across the Road?

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Pedestrian Scramble SignI had the pleasure of visiting Banff, Alberta as a tourist this spring. The downtown area of the city has been remade with pedestrians in mind. The sidewalks are wide, speed limits are reduced and the three pedestrian scrambles move a lot of people more safely than the conventional intersection. Clearly, pedestrians are a welcome part of traffic in the core area.

DATA - Motor Vehicle Act Offences 2015

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Ticket WriterLast year I wrote "The Police Never Write Tickets For..." in respose to those who complained on the subject but really had no idea of whether their belief was true or not. After looking at the list, they could either justify their complaint or be satisfied that the opposite was really true. Here's the 2015 version of the list showing totals for tickets written under B.C.'s Motor Vehicle Act:

Is Slow Driving Unacceptable?

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Slow DriverArgh! The driver in front of me is not doing the speed limit! Yes, I’ll admit that I often feel the this way, even when the speed differential is as low as 5 to 10 km/h. I have to tell myself to relax and follow along until there is a safe opportunity to pass by or even be satisfied with reducing my own speed to match and not worrying about it. The trouble is, that only works if you don’t have a schedule to keep and in some circumstances slow driving can be dangerous.

CASE LAW - R v Drake

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BC Courts Coat of ArmsOn September 21, 2014 Barry Drake was driving a vehicle on Loughborough Drive in Campbell River, B.C. He was a prohibited driver and had decided to "do doughnuts" in a residential area that is part of the Wei Wai Kum First Nation’s Reserve. The street is marked with a sign that reads “You Are Now Entering Private Land - Please Drive carefully.”

Complaints Anonymous - A Traffic Violator Database Proposal

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GrumpyI never know what I will find when I check the DriveSmartBC e-mail in-box. Today’s gem came from someone who identifies themself as Grumpy and suggested that they were thinking that maybe I could use the web site to contain a database such that when a bad driver is witnessed, the public could enter the details of the driving offence. No personal information need be provided.

B.C.'s Bad Driver of the Week 3

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Here's a driver that is not paying attention. He stops for the red light, but when the left turn arrow comes on for his direction and the truck on his right turns right on red, he decides that it's time to go and drives through the red shining brightly above his lane. Good thing that the left turn driver on the far side of the intersection is paying attention!

NEWS - Variable Speed Limit Signs Activated

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Variable Speed SignVariable speed signs are now operational in three areas of British Columbia. The signs will be changed to moderate traffic speeds during poor weather in an effort to prevent collisions. On site weather and road condition monitors report to the regional traffic management center in Coquitlam where staff will change the speed signs remotely. A flashing yellow light on the top of the sign will flash when the speed had been reduced to reinforce the fact that action must be taken by drivers.

Thoughts on Being a Pedestrian

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Pedestrian CrossingI was asked two interesting questions via e-mail this week: “Is it law or simply a rule in BC that pedestrians should walk facing the traffic when there is no sidewalks along the roads? What happens when the highway maintenance company leaves no shoulder to walk on?” As I contemplate my answer, many thing run through my mind. How do we learn to be a safe pedestrian? How many people don’t know the rules for driver / pedestrian interaction? What are the risks in deciding to walk on or beside the highway?

READING - CMA Driver's Guide

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Canadian Medical Association LogoThe Canadian Medical Association's Drivers Guide, Determining Medical Fitness to Operate Motor Vehicles (8th edition) includes vessels, aircraft and railway equipment in addition to the cars and trucks as we would expect. Aside from a comprehensive list of diseases and conditions that affect our ability to operate this machinery, section 4 deals with driving cessation. One fact that caught my attention was that we fail to plan for retirement from driving. This is important as men outlive their driving careers by 6.2 years and women by 9.4 years.

Buying and Selling Used Child Restraints

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Booster SeatMy dear wife had her tablet open the other evening and commented to me about a minor furor in a local buy and sell group on Facebook. Someone in the group was trying to sell a child safety seat and was being badgered because it was against the law to sell car seats. I wondered what law made it illegal to sell child restraints because I had not heard of one before. Do your research was her response, you’ll be able to write an article about it.

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