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RESOURCE - Plan a Safe Route to School

School Crossing Guardschoolzone is a very interesting app created during a hackathon using open data provided by ICBC and the provincial government. Visit the site, enter your home address, your child's school address and press GO to find the most direct route to the school displayed on the map. The map also displays crash locations.

CASE LAW - Ziemer v Wheeler

BC Courts Coat of ArmsHarris Wheeler was driving northbound on Highway 97 south of Taylor, B.C. when his vehicle collided with a moose. Shortly afterward Aron Walter, driving southbound, struck that moose which was then laying on the highway.

COUNTERATTACK - Christmas 2014

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CounterAttack LogoIt's that time of year again, the second most likely time of the year to run into an impaired driver on BC's roads. The success of Christmas Counterattack has pushed the most likely time to find an impaired driver into the summer months. It's unfortunate that we should find an impaired driver at all.

Pedestrians: Vulnerable Road Users

Walk SignalYesterday in a four hour period @ScanBC reported a half dozen vehicle / pedestrian collisions around the province on Twitter. Today while out walking during my lunch hour I watched a woman jogging with her back to traffic, in the lane instead of on the sidewalk, while wearing earbuds. A van squeezed between me and the curb as I crossed an intersection on the walk to my vehicle to get home. Are you surprised that these collisions are occurring?

READING - IIHS Status Report, November 2014

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IIHS LogoThe IIHS Status Report is published periodically, is a newsletter covering research and topics in the highway safety field. This edition reports on 3 models of minivan that have significantly poor small overlap collision performance, how two cars sold by major manufacturers in India fail to meet minimum safety standards and how ABS is a benefit to both high and low risk motorcycle riders.

READING - Vision Zero International, January 2015

Vision Zero International LogoVision Zero showcases cutting edge technology designed to improve the safety of road users. The January 2015 edition includes:

Give Me a Sign

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Two Lane Left Turn SignDuring one of my Elder College presentations I work through a module on traffic signs and lane markings with the students. Driving examiners tell me that this is one area that older drivers have trouble with if they are called in for a re-examination. Based on discussions in the forum on the DriveSmartBC web site I can truthfully say that older drivers are not the only ones having difficulty with signs.

PHOTOS OF CONCERN - Snowmobile Decks

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cameraThis snowmobile deck is missing lights and reflectors. Red clearance lamps on the back corners and yellow clearance lamps on the front corners are required as the deck is over 2.05 meters wide and the truck does not have lamps and reflectors in a position to fill this need. In addition to the lamps, a reflector is required on each corner matching the lamp colour.

VIDEO - Sharing the Road

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video iconThis short video from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety looks at how the driver can safely share the road with other types of road users. Pedestrians, motorcycles and heavy trucks are included in the presentation.

Keep Your Hand on Your Wallet

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Headlight GlareSylvania's full page ad for Silverstar Ultra headlight bulbs caught my attention. See farther, see wider, see better read the banner. Up to 50% brighter light, 50% increased peripheral visibility, 40% increased downroad visibility and as much as 50 - 100 feet more visibility at night was promised. That sounds pretty good to me, maybe I should buy a set!

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