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Obscenities on Vehicles

Three MonkeysEvery so often I get asked to write about something that makes me pause and think for a moment. This article is one of those as the reader asked "Could you clarify what the law is in BC regarding offensive words, statements, illustrations etc. on vehicles in use on public roads? For example, I recently saw a truck advising anyone interested that the driver masturbates.

RESEARCH - Tailgating

CASR LogoThis document by the Center for Automotive Safety Research in Adelaide, Australia looks at the role that tailgating plays in rear end crashes. The researchers found that short gaps between vehicles were common in daily driving with the majority of drivers leaving only 0.5 to 1.0 seconds between vehicles.

PHOTOS OF CONCERN - Loose Wheel Nuts

cameraNews reports often tell of heavy commercial vehicles that lose a wheel due to loose wheel nuts like those shown in the photo below. However, this is just as likely to happen to light vehicles and trailers too. Having just installed my own winter tires, this is probably an opportune time to post the picture and remind everyone to review your owner's manual.

A Green Light Doesn't Always Mean Go

Green LightThe next time you are at the front of the lineup waiting for the signal to turn green, watch the driver beside you. Many times when the traffic signal turns green they will immediately proceed without looking to the left or right for hazards or traffic already lawfully in the intersection. A green light doesn't always mean go.

RESOURCE - BCAA School Safety Patrol Program

School Crossing GuardThe School Safety Patrol Program is a public service provided free of charge to elementary schools by the BCAA. Part of the CAA's School Safety Patrol Program it is recognized as an outstanding initiative for reducing injuries and deaths among 5-12 year olds.

CASE LAW - Lewis v British Columbia (Public Safety and Solicitor General)

BC Courts Coat of ArmsDelores Lewis was required to take the computer based version of the DriveABLE test and failed. The Superintendent of Motor Vehicles directed ICBC to cancel her driver's licence. Reconsideration of this decision was possible if she was able to provide a report from her doctor indicating that she was medically fit to drive. This was provided and Ms. Lewis took the test a second time. The result of the second test indicated that her abilities had declined. Her licence remained cancelled.

Alcohol and the Learner Driver Supervisor

New Driver SignsYou may have seen last week's minor media tempest regarding a grandfather who had consumed a few drinks and then hopped into the passenger seat to supervise his grandson, the learner driver. They encountered a police road check and grandpa found himself on the receiving end of an Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) for blowing a fail.

RESOURCE - Crown Counsel Policy Manual

We often wonder why the police don't charge drivers or seem to charge them with something that does not suit the driving crime. Keep in mind that in the case of a fatal or serious injury collision that it is not the police making the decision to charge the offending driver, it is Crown Counsel.

PHOTOS OF CONCERN - The Squeeze Play

cameraThe driver of this car may not have noticed the flashing right turn signal on the bus, but learned the hard way that it was worth paying attention to.

The Prudent Pedestrian & The Diligent Driver

Pedestrian CrossingOver the five years ending with 2012 B.C. saw an average of 2,300 pedestrian involved collisions with 2,400 injuries and 60 fatalities. Almost 42% of these were aged 61 or over. Males tend to be involved more often with 35 deaths each year compared to 25 female deaths.

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