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Behind the Wheel

Speed signs ignored

Aug 2, 2016 / 12:00 pm

Sign, sign everywhere a sign - and, if it's a speed sign, it's probably ignored. The article that I wrote two weeks ago concerning solving your own road...

Ignore noisy vehicles

Jul 26, 2016 / 11:00 am

The question this week revolves around vehicle noise in quiet neighbourhoods. Why don’t municipalities do more about it asks my correspondent. This may be...

It's your problem

Jul 19, 2016 / 6:00 am

People like to feel safe in their neighbourhood and would like everyone to obey the driving rules when they are in it. So, what do you do when this is not the...

Send a surrogate to court

Jul 12, 2016 / 7:00 pm

You’ve waited for your day in traffic court, and it’s drawing near. Trouble is, you can’t be there. What to do now? Send an agent, of course....

Fight that ticket

Jul 5, 2016 / 6:00 am

Dispute a traffic ticket penalty without attending court Are you guilty of the offence on the ticket, but can't pay the amount? In many cases, you can have...

The pedestrian scramble

Jun 28, 2016 / 12:00 pm

How does a pedestrian scramble across the road? I had the pleasure of visiting Banff as a tourist this spring. The downtown area of the city has been remade...

Go! Go! Go!

Jun 21, 2016 / 12:00 pm

Is slow driving unacceptable? Argh! The driver in front of me is not doing the speed limit. I’ll admit I often feel this way, even when the speed...

A grumpy idea

Jun 14, 2016 / 6:00 am

Complaints Anonymous - A Traffic Violator Database Proposal I never know what I will find when I check the DriveSmartBC e-mail in-box. Today’s gem came...

Pedestrian thoughts

Jun 8, 2016 / 10:47 am

I was asked two interesting questions in an email last week: “Is it law or simply a rule in B.C. that pedestrians should walk facing traffic when there...

Safe child restraints

May 31, 2016 / 6:00 am

Buying and selling used child restraints My dear wife had her tablet open the other evening and told me about a minor furore in a local buy-and-sell group on...

Distracting penalties

May 24, 2016 / 11:00 am

Penalty Points and How They Affect You I’ve always understood penalty points to be a kind of score-keeping method to assign a level of risk to the breach...

Slow down, breathe easier

May 17, 2016 / 6:00 am

I’m in a world of mixed messages. Some are real, some are emotional, some are false and some come from the government. The one that I would like to tackle...

Trailer tug test revisited

May 10, 2016 / 3:00 pm

Back in 2004, I put tongue in cheek and wrote about the trailer tug test: Hook up the trailer, drive off and look in the rear view mirror, if it’s still...

Shadow the brake

May 3, 2016 / 6:00 am

One evening while patrolling in an unmarked police car I approached a cross street that was controlled by stop signs. I could see a car approaching from my...

Not-so-professional driver

Apr 26, 2016 / 4:00 pm

I'm one of those odd drivers who tries their best to drive at or below the posted speed limit. I include the word ‘below’ here, as sometimes...

Me? Speed? No way!

Apr 19, 2016 / 3:00 pm

Yo mama Arresting someone, fighting with them, throwing them in jail, and seeing them through to penalty in criminal court is generally considered by the public...

Welcome to the Cone Zone

Apr 12, 2016 / 7:00 am

What is the real cost to you in a construction zone? “What construction zone? I didn't see any signs back there!” This irate motorist was...

We're lousy drivers

Apr 5, 2016 / 4:10 pm

We don’t have a very good opinion of ourselves, it turns out. A recent poll by Insights West found that 50% of Canadians think the drivers in their city...

Sleep, text, be impaired

Mar 29, 2016 / 11:46 am

Sleep, text, be impaired - while supervising a new driver Every once in a while someone will pose a question that makes me go, “Hmm . . .” This...

Are you smart, road user?

Mar 22, 2016 / 1:15 pm

The way we were I grew up in a small town where there were no sidewalks to speak of. As children, we didn't pay much attention to the rule that required us...

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