Behind the Wheel

Slaps on the wrist

Mar 21, 2017 / 11:00 am

Sometimes, when I read articles on road safety, I come across one that really resonates with me. A story from 2008 written by Paul Hergott titled Drivers Need...

Convenience vs. catastrophe

Mar 14, 2017 / 11:00 am

Some incidents encountered during a career in policing stick with you for life and sometimes resurface later on as lessons learned. This memory involved a...

Distracted Driving Month

Mar 7, 2017 / 11:00 am

Hey, you! Yeah, you! Put the phone down and pay attention to where you're driving. In 2015, police wrote over 44,000 traffic tickets for distracted driving...

Tough being a pedestrian

Feb 28, 2017 / 11:00 am

Our provincial driving manual Learn to Drive Smart devotes an entire chapter to the See, Think, Do method. See: The pedestrian waiting to cross the street in...

Know before you go

Feb 21, 2017 / 11:00 am

February was not a good one for many drivers in B.C. with the weather-related closures of three major east-west highways. Contractors generally keep our roads...

Don't plow me in!

Feb 14, 2017 / 11:00 am

No one likes to spend significant effort shovelling their driveway only to have the plow come by and fill it in again. Most of us grumble and get to work, but...

An agent in traffic court

Feb 7, 2017 / 11:00 am

"I'm not a lawyer," reads the e-mail, "I'm a grandfather, but I want to be able to help my grandson dispute a traffic ticket. "At...

When the light is white

Jan 31, 2017 / 11:00 am

Priority for emergency vehicles at traffic lights When you need the services of firefighters or paramedics seconds can seem like hours. Sooner is always better...

Left-turn surprise

Jan 24, 2017 / 11:00 am

A signal light does not provide you with any protection when you make a left turn. This simple fact was discovered by a lady who slowed as she approached her...

Ready or not, here I come

Jan 17, 2017 / 11:00 am

There was an interesting post on Twitter this week showing drivers interacting with pedestrians at the intersection of Cambie Street and West Broadway in...

Making a difference

Jan 10, 2017 / 6:00 am

Am I making a difference? This was a question I asked myself more frequently as my time in traffic enforcement with the RCMP grew longer. Everyone wants to do...

Shining light on speed

Jan 3, 2017 / 11:00 am

Measuring vehicle speeds with a laser Have you ever wondered about the instruments the police use to measure vehicle speeds on our highways? My favourite tool...

Fighting that ticket

Dec 27, 2016 / 11:00 am

One of the first responses people have after receiving a traffic ticket is to find a defect, real or imagined, as a justification for not having to pay or to...

Speeding in residential areas

Dec 20, 2016 / 11:00 am

This is a story from Chestnut Street in Parksville, but could just as easily take place on any residential street in British Columbia. Both the residents there...

Famous last words

Dec 13, 2016 / 11:00 am

“My tires aren’t the greatest, there’s really no point living in Vancouver to get, you know, snow tires. “But, yeah, a little slippery,...

Are you fit to drive?

Dec 6, 2016 / 11:00 am

Being able to go to our vehicle, put our key in the ignition and drive off is a luxury that we seldom consider. For many of us, the only time that we really...

Fraud and insurance rates

Nov 29, 2016 / 11:00 am

Insurance fraud and insurance rates - Who to believe? Ouch! My ICBC insurance rates are going up as much as 42 per cent over the next five years according to an...

What are a driver's duties?

Nov 22, 2016 / 11:00 am

Do you remember what your duties are when you slip behind the wheel of your car? Last week, we looked at what you should be entitled to expect as a driver on...

What should drivers expect?

Nov 15, 2016 / 6:00 am

The headline read “Malahat crash sees angry motorists verbally abuse first responders.” One person died in a T-bone collision on Highway 1 north of...

Parking lots are dangerous

Nov 8, 2016 / 11:00 am

I had a bit of a scare the other day when I tried to back out of a space in a busy parking lot. There was a large van beside me blocking my view so I scanned as...