Your Worship, the Officer was a Jerk!

GavelYou've just received a traffic ticket and that fact hasn't shed any sunshine on your day. It's bad enough that this has happened, but from your point of view the officer was less than gracious when they issued it to you. I'll dispute the ticket and tell the court exactly what I think may cross your mind as you consider your situation.

NEWS - The Off-Road Vehicle Act

ATVThe province of British Columbia is in the process of creating legislation to control the use of off road vehicles on Crown and public land. Prior to operation these vehicles will require registration and a numbered plate that will be integrated with ICBC's vehicle registry. Operators of off road vehicles will be required to wear helmets along with their passengers. Owners of off road vehicles will be responsible for their operation in the same manner as motor vehicles operated on BC highways.

NEWS - Seatbelt Medical Exemptions to be Repealed

SeatbeltEffective on February 26th, 2014 you will no longer be able to submit an application to be exempt from wearing a seatbelt for medical reasons. The Canadian Medical Association’s Driver’s Guide states in Section 24 that “there are no medical circumstances that justify exemption from wearing a seat belt.” After this date doctors will no longer be able to issue exemptions.

EVENT - Safe Driving for Seniors, Parksville February 28, 2014

School Zone SignPlease join me from 1:00 to 4:00 pm for an Elder College seminar of interest to all drivers old enough to hold membership in Vancouver Island University's program. We will look at your current state of traffic rule knowledge, how aging affects your ability to drive, what would trigger a driver re-examination and what those examinations would entail. The seminar will be held in the Parksville City Hall Forum at 100 East Jensen Avenue.

Need an Eyewitness? Buy a Dash Cam

Dash CamSophisticated electronics are becoming more affordable every day. For less than $200 you can purchase a dash mounted video camera that will do a very good job of recording what is going on around you while you drive. Why would you want to do this? The video is a reliable witness that you can use to protect your interests when something goes wrong.


cameraThis interesting looking vehicle was checked at the Parksville weigh scale. As evidenced by the tops of the rear tires almost scrubbing against the top of the wheel wells, it was considerably overweight. Commercial trucks are not the only vehicles on the highway that may be removed from the highway if safe loading rules are not followed, this one was too. The driver likely didn't need to look at the vehicle capacity ratings on the sticker in the driver's door opening area to know that he should not have loaded the car like this, but if he had, it would have told him the maximum safe weights for the load.

CASE LAW - Regina v Dolson

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis case is out of Kamloops, B.C. where Philip Dolson disputed a violation ticket for operating his Jeep without proper doors. In this instance he had replaced the OEM doors his vehicle with Adventure Doors manufactured by Warrior Products. These are tube doors described by the manufacturer as "Designed to replace the vehicle’s full or half doors, Adventure Doors provide additional protection to front seat occupants while off-roading."

Is it a Crosswalk or a Speed Hump?

Speed HumpA reader observes "I was crossing West Mall at UBC over a speed hump towards the bus stop. A car was driving on West Mall and did not stop. When I showed the driver the white arrows on the pavement, he said that these were speed hump marks, not a crosswalk.

READING - Canadian Road Safety News Digest, January 1 to 15, 2014

CARSP LogoThe Canadian Road Safety News Digest is a compilation of traffic safety information from around Canada. The Digest is a publication of the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals and is published semi-monthly.


BC Courts Coat of ArmsMarnetta Felix and her boyfriend Kevin Hearne attended a soccer tournament. Following his last game of the day Kevin went to the concession and started drinking beer. He consumed enough over the next two or more hours that he became quite intoxicated.

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