Behind the Wheel

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...

Park and tow

Mar 15, 2016 / 1:00 pm

The woes and tows of parking in the wrong spot Picture leaving your car in the parking lot at the mall, only to discover that it is no longer where you left it...

Distracted driving

Mar 8, 2016 / 5:00 pm

When we think of distracted driving, most of us immediately consider cell phone use. While this might be the most common example used in distracted driving...

Don't be a drifter

Mar 1, 2016 / 11:47 am

Stay in your own lane Part of the road near where I live has a set of winding curves on a steep grade. I seldom drive this stretch of road without encountering...

Beware the morning after

Feb 23, 2016 / 8:57 pm

Party Hearty! Some people seem to make a contest over how much alcohol they can drink and still function. Early in my policing career, it was not uncommon to...

The respectful driver

Feb 16, 2016 / 3:00 pm

The Respectful Driver - Fact or Fiction? I've been reading Moving to Vision Zero: Road Safety Strategy Update and Showcase of Innovation in British Columbia...

How not to get run over

Feb 9, 2016 / 7:00 am

In Castanet News last week, there was a story about a Surrey family hit by a car while using a newly marked crosswalk. Two young children were seriously...

It won't happen to me

Feb 2, 2016 / 12:59 pm

Have you ever met anyone who admits to being less than a good driver? Probably not. You know, in your own mind, that you are an excellent driver, just as you...

Do you know the rules?

Jan 26, 2016 / 12:02 pm

The interaction I have with others on the subject of driving and traffic laws is always very interesting. Some people illustrate their points with incorrect...