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VIDEO - Driving in Bad Weather

video iconFog, rain, snow and ice, all less than ideal driving conditions that all drivers must take into account and adjust their driving behaviour for. This video from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is a bit dated, but none the less contains valuable instruction for dealing with bad weather. When you can't make the decision to just stay home, following safe driving practices, not driving as if it were a dry, sunny day may get you there by minimizing your risk.

READING - Vision Zero International, January 2014

Vision Zero International LogoVision Zero showcases cutting edge technology designed to improve the safety of road users. The January 2014 edition includes stories on autonomous braking systems, visual distraction alert systems, video camera and radar solutions for pedestrian avoidance and a bicycle mounted laser system to enhance awareness and increase safety for the cyclist.

Designated Drivers Must Obey Restrictions

Drivers who are part of B.C.'s Graduated Licencing Program (GLP) are limited to the number of passengers that they are allowed to carry by a restriction on their driver's licence. This restriction is designed to minimize the driver distraction that might be caused by a carload of rambunctious friends. The only exception to this restriction is when the passengers are family members.

CASE LAW - Olchowy v Tomkulak

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis is the story of a two vehicle collision that happened in the uncontrolled intersection of Jervis Street and Gordon Avenue in Port Coquitlam, B.C. Michelle Olchowy was travelling south on Jervis Street and Clifford Tomkulak was travelling east on Gordon Avenue. Ms. Olchowy entered the intersection within a second or fraction of a second of Mr. Tomkulak.

PHOTOS OF CONCERN - Oops, You Forgot Something!

cameraThis was noticed sitting in the parking lot one afternoon. Where was the rest of the vehicle? The elderly driver had managed to hook the front fascia of the vehicle on the curb block when backing out of the space and ripped it off of the car. She allegedly did not realize that this had happened until it was pointed out to her when she stopped in another parking lot shortly afterward.

 

How Does Laser Speed Measurement Work?

ProLaserIIILidar has always been my favourite speed measuring device. I could target individual vehicles with accuracy and rapidly measure their speed, even on a busy highway. Radar could not do the job nearly as well as it could not be easily relied on for a specific vehicle's speed in a busy environment.

CASE LAW - R v Stein

BC Courts Coat of ArmsPaul Stein was convicted of failing to wear a seatbelt for an incident that occurred on Hillside Avenue in Victoria, B.C. He was observed by Sergeant LeBlanc who pulled him over and issued the ticket. Mr. Stein's argument was that he was a commercial vehicle driver engaged in frequent stops and was exempt from having to wear a seatbelt. The justice reduced the fine.

FEEDBACK - Safety & Speed Review of BC Highways

The BC Government is currently reviewing the safety of BC Highways, reviewing speed limits, slower-moving vehicles, wildlife hazard and the use of winter tires. The public is invited to provide feedback by attending a public meeting or through an interactive web site.

How to Park Safely on a Hill

Parking On A HillWhen I was a new driver I almost learned the hard way how important it was to turn the wheels properly to park safely on a hill. I had parked my father's truck on a hill, didn't put it in park, didn't set the parking brake and kept the front wheels straight before getting out and walking away.

CASE LAW - Vance v Cartwright

BC Courts Coat of ArmsWilliam Vance was riding an unlicenced, uninsured off road motorcycle southbound on 198 Street in Langley, B.C. He was not wearing a helmet and was exceeding the speed limit. Cristine Cartwright was eastbound on 21 Avenue and had stopped at the stop sign before entering 198 Street intending to turn northbound. Vision was limited for drivers on 21 avenue looking northbound by roadside vegetation.

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