New Drivers

Information regarding new drivers and the Graduated Licencing Program.

Bullying a New Driver

No Road SenseIt was not uncommon to be told that a new driver sign was not being displayed because adults took the sign as a signal to bully the new driver. I thought that was just a convenient excuse to give the policeman when you couldn't be bothered to make sure that the required sign was in place.

12 Hour Suspensions

Last week's column looked at the 24 hour prohibition from driving for all drivers who had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 50 mg% or higher and were either the driver of or who had care and control of a vehicle on a highway or industrial road. This week we'll look at a special suspension that applies to drivers who are in the Graduated Licensing Program (GLP).

RESEARCH - IIHS Status Report September 2008

IIHS LogoThe Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released the latest issue of its Status Report magazine. The issue explores the impact licensing teenagers later may have on automobile crashes. Other topics covered in the issue include hybrids cost insurers more than the equivalent gasoline powered vehicle, seatbelts protect the fetus as well as the mother and cell phone users admit driving while distracted.

NEWS - Resource Center for Young and New Drivers

TIRF LogoThe Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) is pleased to announce the launch of the Young and New Driver Resource Centre. The new centre is a one-stop shop on young and new driver issues that is designed for parents, young and novice drivers, researchers, and policymakers.

Teen Drinking and Driving

Keys and DrinkI spoke to a woman this week who was upset at the way the police had handled the clearing of an out of control party at a residence. The officer had advised all the teens that they must leave immediately and would not listen to reasons for doing anything other than that. She was upset because this forced the teens to drive away from the party while impaired.

Your Teen's Vehicle

teens carWe are an affluent society. Teens today own vehicles in numbers only dreamed about when I was that age. Often their disposable income doesn't end there and many dollars are spent on vehicle modifications and improvements.

Young Drivers

New Driver SignsThe only thing I wanted for my 16th birthday was my driver's licence. My father took time off of work to drive me to what was then called the Motor License Office where I earned my learner's. It was a big day in my life, and marked the first milestone in joining the world of the adult.

Setting an Example

Speed SignThe past weekend's high speed crash on the Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge has us all shaking our heads in dismay. How could a young driver consider operating their vehicle at such speeds? Don't they know that it is dangerous to drive like this?

Perpetuating Mediocrity

New Driver SignsI stopped a vehicle being driven at 96 km/h in a posted 50 km/h construction zone the other day. Approaching the passenger side, I spoke with the woman in the front seat and the young lady driving. When I explained why I stopped them, the woman suggested that she was unable to get the driver to slow down, and maybe I could do something about it.

Parental Consent and Control

New Driver SignsIn the days before the Graduated Licensing Program parents had a strong control over their children who had not reached the age of 18. If the child was not driving properly the parent could withdraw their consent and ICBC would cancel the child's drivers licence. This was an effective control over wayward young drivers.

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