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Behind the Wheel

App drives your attention

Jan 23, 2018 / 11:00 am

I've always been interested in driving and technology, so when I had the opportunity to combine the two, I jumped at it. Edriving provided access to their...

Fancy running into you here

Jan 16, 2018 / 11:00 am

The latest edition of ICBC's Quick Statistics proves once again that speed kills. So does impaired driving and distracted driving. The new rounded data...

Justice without a ticket

Jan 9, 2018 / 11:00 am

Restorative justice: An alternative to the traffic ticket Quite some time ago, I wrote about an initiative to trade your ticket for driver training. I was...

The wrong mindset

Jan 2, 2018 / 11:00 am

The "I Can Get Away With It" mindset I've written before about the three Es of road safety, education, engineering and enforcement. The...

Enhanced road assessment

Dec 26, 2017 / 11:00 am

The new year will bring changes to how drivers are re-examined to insure that they are safe to continue to drive. Current DriveABLE testing will be replaced by...

Building a case...

Dec 19, 2017 / 11:00 am

"The officer wasn't even there! How can they issue a ticket to me based only on the word of the other driver?" A question similar to this one is...

Driving safely in the fog

Dec 12, 2017 / 11:00 am

It's night and I'm driving into the grey cotton of fog caused by a lingering temperature inversion. Vision is limited, the roads are wet, it's just...

ICBC wants your help

Dec 5, 2017 / 11:00 am

It was a busy week in B.C. for road safety related announcements by our provincial government. ICBC announced a distracted driving technology pilot project,...

And there was more light

Nov 28, 2017 / 11:00 am

Headlight systems can be complex to police In my time as a driver, I've seen headlight technology progress from tungsten filament glass sealed beams to...

Want to be dead right?

Nov 21, 2017 / 11:00 am

I was a bit taken aback after reading a discussion on Twitter the other day. The conversation was between a driver and a pedestrian who seemed to hold opposite...

Stay back!

Nov 14, 2017 / 11:00 am

Maintaining a safe following distance I try very hard to maintain at least a two-second following distance when I drive. This can sometimes be quite a challenge...

It's still driveable!

Nov 7, 2017 / 11:00 am

I saw many things over the two decades that I spent in full-time, traffic-law enforcement. Some of those things left me shaking my head wondering why the driver...

Lost art of changing lanes

Oct 31, 2017 / 11:00 am

The sun is shining, the traffic is light and I'm enjoying my drive on the Inland Island Highway, headed to Qualicum Beach. The only vehicle nearby is a car...

I want my car simple again

Oct 24, 2017 / 1:00 pm

Today's high-tech cars have centre console mounted displays that allow anyone (including the driver) to play around with while in motion. It should be...

Dogs driving distraction

Oct 17, 2017 / 11:00 am

It looked like a drunk driver to me I was driving home from a family event about 9:30 p.m. on a recent Sunday night using the Island Highway. The vehicle in...

Are you a respectful driver?

Oct 10, 2017 / 11:00 am

What would it take to get you to drive respectfully? News Item: Ontario introducing $50,000 fines for careless drivers causing death (Globe and Mail, Sept. 20,...

It's winter tire season

Oct 3, 2017 / 6:00 am

Is summer over already? It seems that the lawn is just coming out of dormancy in my yard but night time temperatures have dipped below seven degrees. That and...

View from the police car

Sep 26, 2017 / 11:00 am

Traffic enforcement Supervisor for a day I had stopped a speeding driver and was serving a copy of the violation ticket to her when I noticed a pickup truck...

We need another sign

Sep 19, 2017 / 11:00 am

I live near a section of Highway 19 that travels through a built-up area. The highway changes from four lanes divided by a barrier with a posted speed of 90...

Be better than average

Sep 12, 2017 / 1:00 pm

My name is Tim and I'm a bad driver. I don't try to be a bad driver, quite the opposite in fact. I try to do my best when I get behind the wheel....

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