VIDEO - Roundabouts: Driving Lesson

VideoRick August of Smart Drive Test introduces us to the roundabout or traffic circle.

Left Turn Surprise!

Left Turn SignalA signal light does not provide you with any protection when you make a left turn. This simple fact was discovered by a lady who slowed as she approached her driveway, signalled for a left turn, saw a truck approaching in her rearview mirror and started to make the turn. To her complete surprise, the truck passed by her on the left and they collided corner to corner.

CASE LAW - Mace v Superintendent of Motor Vehicles

BC Courts Coat of ArmsGordon Mace, a 40 year old driver who held a class 7 driver's licence and was part of the Graduated Licencing Program (GLP) received two traffic tickets: a speeding violation from February 21, 2015; and a violation for failing to obey a traffic control device from May 6, 2016. Subsequent to that, the Superintendent sent Mr. Mace a notice of intention to prohibit him from driving for 4 months because of the two violations. On review of that decision, the Superintendent reduced the length of the prohibition to 3 months and applied the prohibition.

Ready or Not, Here I Come!

Left Turn SignalThere was an interesting post on Twitter this week showing drivers interacting with pedestrians at the intersection of Cambie Street and West Broadway in Vancouver. The photo showed 3 cars facing a green light trying to turn onto Cambie from Broadway, 2 eastbound turning left and one westbound turning right into their respective lanes on Broadway. There was a steady stream of pedestrians crossing Cambie against a red don't walk signal.

VIDEO - The Cornering Bible

video iconCan't wait for motorcycle season to begin again? The Cornering Bible runs 1:33 and according to the description is a must watch documentary for all the motorcycle riders to understand the basic and advance concepts of riding a motorcycle safely, effectively and responsibly, to understand cornering braking, lean angle, etc.

CASE LAW - Varga v Kondola

BC Courts Coat of ArmsNicola Varga was late for an Epicure party and was using her iPhone's GPS app to navigate westbound on the Lougheed Highway from the Golden Ears Bridge in Pitt Meadows. She needed to make a left turn at the Park Road intersection so she began to make her way from the acceleration lane across three lanes of traffic to the left turn lane for the intersection. As she crossed from the center through lane to the left through lane she was hit from behind by a delivery truck driven by Bryan Kondola.

Am I Making a Difference?

Question MarkThis was a question that I asked myself more frequently as my time in traffic enforcement with the RCMP grew longer.  Everyone wants to do their job well, and mine was to encourage the motoring public to conform to the law in the hope that doing so would minimize the number of collisions in my patrol area. If I was successful, no one would be hurt, our insurance rates would fall and I wouldn’t have to write so many tickets.

CASE LAW - R v Brownson

BC Courts Coat of ArmsNadia Brownson was driving her pickup truck on First Avenue, within a 50 km/h speed zone, in Prince George on a rainy, autumn night. Scotty Bryan and Tony Shubert had been dropped off near the Dominion Street intersection and were crossing First Avenue from north to south near a nightclub. They saw Ms. Brownson approaching but thought that they had sufficient time to cross. They were incorrect. Ms. Brownson's vehicle struck them, killing Mr. Bryan and seriously injuring Mr. Shubert.

Measuring Vehicle Speeds With Laser

Laser GunHave you ever wondered about the instruments that the police use to measure vehicle speeds on our highways? My favourite tool was the laser because it gave me the ability to accurately measure the speeds of individual vehicles even when they were in a group on a busy highway. Although the laser had to be used from a stationary position, either hand held or on a tripod, I was willing to trade my moving radar for it when I worked on busy multi-lane highways.

Violation Ticket Defects

Violation Ticket TopJudging by the traffic ticket section of the DriveSmartBC forum, one of the first responses people have after receiving a traffic ticket is to find a defect, real or imagined, as a justification for not having to pay or to justify a dispute in traffic court. Contrary to what you might think, an officer may make a number of errors or omissions without causing the ticket to be null and void.

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