B.C.'s Collision Counter

Estimated collision types for British Columbia in 2014 to date:

BC Bad Driver of the Week - 762WVL

How many violations can a driver commit in 25 meters of parking lot? In this video I counted four, the failed stop when approaching from the right, failing to signal the turn onto the cross street, stopping in the wrong place before making that turn and turning left contrary to the posted sign.

Using Mouthwash to Hide Liquor Breath

MouthwashBefore the advent of the roadside screening device the use of mouthwash to hide the odour of liquor on a driver's breath was not unheard of. Today using a mouthwash containing alcohol as you approach a road check can be a very dangerous thing to do. The alcohol present in your mouth from the mouthwash could produce a warn or fail reading on the device when your true blood alcohol level is less.

RESOURCE - Cone Zone, Slow Down

Cone Zone LogoA product of the Work Zone Safety Alliance, the aim of this web site is to illustrate the danger traffic presents to workers on our highways and to educate drivers on how to safely navigate the "Cone Zone." It also contains information for the employers of these workers to assist them in their due diligence to provide a safe workplace. As illustrated in the article on Construction Zones, the seconds that you save by not slowing down will never be worth putting yourself and others in danger.

Don't Let This Become Your Default Setting

Default SettingsDan is a friend that I occasionally get together with to discuss road safety. He's a commercial trucker and driving instructor with a lot of experience behind the wheel. The last time that we had lunch together he made a comment that struck me and I promised to borrow for a column topic. "Don't let that become your default setting" made a lot of sense to me.

I Can Rationalize That Behaviour

SoapboxI glanced at the driver stopped beside me at a red light today. He was busily chatting with someone via the cell phone that he was holding to his ear with his right hand. A marked police vehicle pulled up to our right and stopped to wait for the red as well. The driver beside me noticed, put his phone on speaker, held his hand below dash level and kept on with his conversation.

PROGRAM - BC Road Safety Strategy 2015 and Beyond

BC FlagFrom the document's introduction:

Road safety is a fundamental public safety issue that affects us all. Every day, we all take chances when we use the sidewalks, bicycle lanes and roads.

The Courtesy Wave

Courtesy WaveHave you ever pulled up to an intersection and found another driver who has the right of way waving you on? Such acts of courtesy are uncommon on our highways but thankfully are not unheard of. Who would guess that such an act of kindness could actually expose the driver extending the courtesy to risk?

NEWS - Rural Highway Safety and Speed Review

BC FlagDid you notice a new, higher speed limit on one of B.C.'s rural highways this week? Changes have been made in response to the review and 1,300 km of highways have been posted with higher speed limits because of it.

Electronic Device Use for Class 7 and 7L Drivers

New Driver Signs 2011Can we all agree that driving while distracted is a bad thing? Probably. Would we also consider that this would be more important for an inexperienced driver than a practiced one? Very likely. Did you know that our laws concerning the use of electronic devices while driving actually reflect this thought? Surprise!

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