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CASE LAW - Shmyr v Superintendent of Motor Vehicles

BC Courts Coat of ArmsIn April of 2014 Michael Shmyr was convicted in Whatcom County Court in the State of Washington of the offence of driving under the influence of alcohol. Mr. Shmyr is a resident of British Columbia and holds a B.C. driver's licence. The State of Washington Department of Licensing subsequently sent a Mandatory Violation Notice to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia’s (ICBC) Driver Testing and Vehicle Information Department notifying ICBC of the citation and conviction. ICBC noted the violation and conviction on Mr. Shmyr’s BC driving record. Mr. Shmyr next received a Notice of Intent to Prohibit him from driving for twelve months under s. 93(1)(a)(ii) of the Act from the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles.

It's a Left Turn Lane, not an Acceleration Lane

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Two Way Left Turn LanesA gentleman from Courtenay explained about the regular difficulty that he encountered when he used the two way left turn lanes in that city. Most recently, he was travelling northbound on Cliffe Avenue attempting a left turn into Tim Horton's. A woman turned southbound out of the Husky just ahead of him into the two way left turn lane as well. They were now approaching each other head on.

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.

The Importance of a Trailer Pre-Trip Inspection

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Boat TrailerOne of the more eye-opening exercises that I used to conduct at this time of the year was to park my police vehicle at the brake check and wave in vehicles pulling boat trailers for a mechanical inspection. I had learned that boat trailers were often the most poorly maintained of all recreational trailers and there were often serious safety defects to be found. A simple pre-trip inspection by the driver would have found them easily and made sure that the trip would be a safe one.

EVENT - Road Safety at Work - Kelowna, B.C., September 16, 2015

Road Safety At WorkThis complimentary hands-on workshop will help participants develop or improve an occupational road safety program that fits their workplace and follows best-practices. Participants will learn a process to identify hazards and assess risks, how to develop strategies, and use the tools and resources on the RoadSafetyAtWork.ca website to address the unique road safety issues and needs facing their organization.

Should Bad Drivers be Shamed Publicly?

Deliberately bad drivers seem to be appearing more and more often on our highways. If e-mail to the DriveSmartBC web site is any indication, other drivers are no longer shrugging it off and report offenders in the hope that they will be held accountable. Some, including myself, have taken to posting photos or video of selfish, inconsiderate or dangerous drivers in that hope that public shaming might improve that driver's behaviour.

VIDEO - Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

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video iconThis short video by the Tire Industry Association explains what your tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) does and why it is important to know when any of your tires are underinflated. Aside from the safety benefits, the TPMS system can  decrease irregular tire wear, improve your vehicle’s handling, reduce braking distance and better your fuel economy.

How Many Tie Downs Do You Need?

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Tie Down StrapThe load consisted of rough lumber, about 2x6 or 2x8 size 12 to 14 feet long and 3 feet high on a flat deck trailer pulled by a large pickup truck. Load security was provided by a single heavy strap wrapped once around the middle of the load. The combination was being pulled at highway speed which was 90 km/h. Do you think that this load was secured to the trailer sufficiently?

REFERENCE - One Crash is Too Many

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Here's a good overview of what happens when you are involved in a crash from the One Crash is Too Many web site. They are written by Paul Hergott of Hergott Law in Kelowna and are worth the read to see what you may have to cope with after being involved in a collision.

Rossland Slows Down

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Map Showing Rossland BCThe City of Rossland has done something rare in our motor vehicle centric world where many drivers think that faster is better. Effective on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 the speed on municipal streets has been lowered to 30 km/h. Hmm you say, that's the same speed as a school zone. Well, not in Rossland, the speed there has been lowered too. It's 15 km/h in pick up areas and 20 km/h elsewhere. Interesting!

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