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THREE STRIKES - I'm Out!

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SoapboxOne of the more frequently asked questions that I receive from visitors to this site concerns reporting bad driving behaviour to the police and having the offending driver held accountable. Until recently, I would point the person to the article Q&A - Making a Driving Report to the Police and encourage them to take an active role in the complaint so that something effective would be done. When I was working and received an earnest complaint I would take the time to investigate it and issue a ticket if warranted. If not, I would explain the situation fully to the complainant when I thought that I would be unsuccessful prosecuting and decided not to issue a ticket. I cannot recall an unsuccessful prosecution of a ticket like this as the driving behaviour that led to it was usually so far out of the norm that it was easy for the justice to decide.

Distracted Driving - Add Your Voice

British Columbians are very concerned about the threat posed by distracted driving according to those leaving feedback on the government web site created to solicit public input on the subject. Our province has the second lowest penalties for those caught handling a cellular phone when they should be paying attention to the road. Should those penalties be higher and if so, how much higher?

VIDEO - The Dangers of Low Level Speeding

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video iconThe dangers of low level speeding as explained by the Motor Accident Commission of South Australia.

READING - Vision Zero International, June 2015

Vision Zero International LogoVision Zero showcases cutting edge technology designed to improve the safety of road users. The June 2015 edition includes:

What do I Have to Tell Police During a Traffic Stop?

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Ticket WriterWhat do you have to tell police when you are the subject of a traffic stop? I've often been asked about whether you have to answer the casual conversation at a road check that might include questions like Where are you coming from? Where are you going to? How much have you had to drink tonight? The answer is no, you don't.

Reflectors Are Important

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reflectorsAn important piece of safety equipment that is often overlooked on all variety of vehicles is the humble reflector. Why do I need reflectors? I've got lights! I heard this many times at the roadside after pointing out a lack of reflectors to a driver. True, but what happens if you park, break down or have to leave a disabled trailer at the roadside? What protects you and other road users at night? The reflectors.

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.

Do Bike Lanes Confuse Drivers?

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Bike Lane SignI hate to admit it, but bicycle lanes confuse me. The Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) defines them as a designated use lane that is part of the highway, but not part of the roadway. Both the province and municipalities are able to create designated use lanes and restrict who may use them through legislation. You might be surprised about what this might mean for both cyclists and drivers.

BC Bad Driver of the Week - Slow Down, Move Over, Fail!

This video shows at least three drivers in the right hand lane who fail to slow down and move over for a service truck showing flashing yellow lights working on a breakdown at the roadside. There was at least 20 seconds of lead time to recognize the situation and react to it before passing the stopped vehicles. Space did exist in the left hand lane to move over into as traffic was light at the time.

Do I Want My Vehicle To Think For Me?

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Don't Make Me ThinkI remember what I was a teenager (yes, that was a few years ago) working in my father's service station. The latest safety gadget in new vehicles was a buzzer that warned the driver when seatbelts were not fastened. That's a good idea, right? Apparently not as customers were coming in to see if they could have the buzzer removed or disabled.

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