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RANT - Lift a Finger, Save a Life

Rick Mercer Report LogoRick Mercer asks "When did using a turn signal become optional in this country?"

RESOURCE - National Safety Code for Carriers

New BC LogoCommercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) is now hosting an on line training course for commercial carriers to assist with National Safety Code (NSC) compliance. The course consists of five modules:

NEWS - BC Forest Safety Council Rumblings Newsletter Returns

After a one year hiatus, the Rumblings newsletter produced as a part of the BC Forest Safety Council Trucksafe program is back. Aimed at keeping drivers informed about what's happening in BC forestry transportation safety, publication resumes with issue 150 dated December 2015.

Blame the Road Maintenance

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Road ConstructionI exchanged Tweets last week with a commercial truck driver who was less than impressed with the winter maintenance of BC's highways. There is no doubt in my mind that when your livelihood depends on being able to keep your truck moving road maintenance is a subject near and dear to your heart. My question is, was this gentleman speaking from emotion or was he being realistic?

Slow Down Move Over Rule Amended

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Effective January 1, 2015 B.C.'s Slow Down and Move Over legislation will be amended to include all vehicles that display a flashing red, blue or yellow light. The change was made to include highway maintenance workers, utility workers, land surveyors, animal control workers and garbage collectors, reducing the risk of them being struck by passing vehicles. The penalty will remain the same, a violation will cost $173 and 3 penalty points.

RESOURCE - Cycling in Australia and New Zealand

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CyclistAustralia has set an interesting national goal, that of doubling the number of people cycling by 2016. Austroads is the association of Australasian road transport and traffic agencies. The agency shares expert technical input for policy development to improve transport outcomes. Two recent technical documents, Cycling Infrastructure: Selected Case Studies and Low Cost Interventions to Encourage Cycling: Selected Case Studies may be of interest to cycling advocates in British Columbia. While free to download, the site does require free registration to obtain access.

EVENT - Safe Driving For Seniors, February 20, 2015

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VIU Elder CollegeJoin me in Parksville on February 20, 2015 for my presentation on Safe Driving For Seniors. Hosted by Vancouver Island University's Elder College program the 3 hour seminar will help you gauge your level of driving rule knowledge, examine how aging affects your ability to drive, what would trigger a driver re-examination and what various types of re-examinations will require. This is a multi-media presentation with take away information on DVD and book format.

Mobility Scooters - Use, Misuse and Abuse

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Covered ScooterLife must present quite a challenge when you are no longer able to walk very far under your own power. The mobility scooter is a blessing for those who can afford one. It gives much greater range than predecessors that were powered for however long your arms could push. In fact, I checked a man zooming down the side of a freeway in a shiny new one.

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.

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