Do We Trust Too Much?

SoapboxI was walking to my vehicle after work yesterday and watched the woman on the sidewalk ahead of me approach the intersection. She did not hesitate to step into the crosswalk even though a vehicle on her left had stopped halfway across it waiting to enter traffic. The driver was watching intently to her left waiting for a gap in traffic. The pedestrian checked her stride and I thought that she was going to wait for the driver to notice her before she crossed in front of the vehicle.

Smart Cyclists Ride on the Right Side of the Road

CyclistAs humans, we are predominantly right handed. In North America we drive on the right side, tend to walk on the right side and I suspect that this right side bias carries over into many other areas that we are not even aware of.

BC's Bad Driver of the Week - 8605HL

BC's Bad Driver of the Week features BC licence 8605HL on Highway 19 in north Nanaimo. Both vehicles shown here are moving faster than the posted speed limit, but the red truck wants by. The car does not move over so the aggressive truck driver attempts to bulldoze the car out of the way by tailgating.

Be Smart About Vehicle Modifications

Tinted WindowsThere are many different types of vehicle manufactured today in many different models and colours with a host of accessories to make your ride just right for you. For some of us, this just isn't enough and we want to modify our vehicles to suit our personalities and desires.

EVENT - Road Safety at Work - Campbell River - May 28, 2014

Road Safety At WorkComplimentary Employer Road Safety Workshop: Introducing Road Safety Best Practices, Tools and Resources for your Workplace. Learn how to develop a best-practice based road safety program for your workplace, or to improve an existing program. This hands-on workshop is designed to help participants begin or improve a road safety program within their organization.

National Road Safety Week - May 13 to 19, 2014

ReThink LogoWelcome to Canada's National Road Safety Week 2014. In case you missed it, this campaign runs from May 13 to May 19 and includes the Victoria Day long weekend. Here in B.C. we will likely see 1,700 crashes, 490 people injured and 2 people killed. I'm sure that you will agree, this is not acceptable level of safety on our highways.

BC's Bad Driver of the Week - 292EAJ

BC's Bad Driver of the Week features BC licence 292EAJ on Northfield Road in Nanaimo. Rather than wait for traffic that was stopped at a red light, this driver moved onto the shoulder of the roadway and passed by on the right. This is one example of behaviour that makes it mandatory to shoulder check before you turn or move laterally.

CASE LAW - R v Kaiser

BC Courts Coat of ArmsRichard Kaiser was ticketed for failing to slow while passing a police car while that car’s emergency lights were activated. He disputed that ticket on two grounds, the regulation offended the Charter by being too vague and that the officer was merely making notes concerning a previous violator at the time and so had entrapped Mr. Kaiser. Judge Takahashi convicted Mr. Kaiser.

RESOURCE - Watch Out For Walt!

WaltWalt is a fictional person of low moral character created by the Motor Vehicle Sales Authority of British Columbia. He is also a curber, someone who sells vehicles at the side of the road to unsuspecting buyers. A series of articles featuring Walt explain how he buys problem vehicles and then sells them for profit by deceit. Once the vehicle is sold, the problems become evident and Walt is nowhere to be found. With no recourse, the buyer is left with significant financial losses.

Consider the Simple Traffic Sign

Pedestrian CrossingConsider the simple traffic sign or signal.  It stands by the side of the highway doing it’s job regardless of the season.  We rely on it to tell us when to stop, how fast to go, which way to turn or whether we can travel in a certain direction as well as many other controlling functions. This is a reliance that we might not consider until we run into trouble because it is lacking.

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