This driver cannot safely turn left onto a busy highway so rather than wait he turns into the oncoming left turn lane and then merges right. Compounding the problem is that virtually all traffic on the highway fails to slow to the posted 60 km/h limit, some not slowing from the previous 90 km/h limit at all.
With the amendment last month of B.C.'s Slow Down, Move Over law comes the unintended consequences of the misuse of flashing lights. Since yesterday afternoon I've driven past two situations that the law required me to slow down and move over for that had nothing to do with protecting workers on or beside the highway. Unless the operators of vehicles equipped with flashing lights exercise some common sense the law may have to be amended again to deal with misuse.
This web site, part of the University of British Columbia School of Population and Public Health, describes itself as "a research program investigating factors that encourage or discourage bicycling, transportation infrastructure associated with increased or decreased risks of cycling injuries, and air pollution and cycling."
It's unfortunate that this video from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is a bit difficult to watch due to the sound not being synchronized with the picture. Otherwise, it contains good information about the prevention of run off the road crashes resulting from distracted driving.
Detecting and successfully prosecuting drug impaired drivers on B.C.'s highways is not a simple task. Currently the Criminal Code provisions for Drug Recognition Expert examination is the only method used to qualify drug induced impairment where the driver is not obviously incapable of physical control. One day in the not too distant future, the Cannabix marihuana breathalyzer may allow police to deal with the problem though a roadside breath test just as they would an alcohol impaired driver.
From the site: "Road Safety At Work Week is a new, annual event for BC workplaces to improve awareness and adoption of safe occupational driving practices. Each year will focus on a different aspect of workplace driving. This year, the focus is distracted driving as it is a leading casual factor in motor vehicle crashes in BC today."
From YouTube: "Xzavier, Chandler, Debbie, and Reggie all know the horrors of texting & driving firsthand. Acclaimed director Werner Herzog tells their stories in this powerful It Can Wait Documentary."
The BC Coroners Service released recommendations today with the hope of mitigating something that we are already aware of, the fact that motor vehicle collisions are the number one cause of death for youth aged 15 to 18. The first two suggest that we study aspects of the issue in more detail and the third that the Ministry of Justice should develop and implement automated speed enforcement.
While this tire may have adequate traction on dry pavement, add a little bit of water and you have a recipe for disaster. This is a photo contributed by a police officer who found this vehicle during his patrols. It can only be described as neglect and it is likely that the driver failed to consider his own safety much less that of others on the roadway with him.
Be careful what you ask for! I needed a topic to write about here so I sent a message to DriveSmartBC followers on Twitter and asked for suggestions. The one that intrigued me the most came from fellow road safety blogger Scott Marshall, the Director of Training for Young Drivers of Canada.