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Behind the Wheel

Don't drink and drive

Aug 4, 2020 / 11:00 am

Society's tolerance for drinking and driving continues to narrow. When I started policing in the 1980s, it was a major investigation to convict someone for...

You already know answer

Jul 28, 2020 / 11:00 am

Advisory bike Lanes Here’s a message that was posted to the DriveSmartBC web site: "Currently, the City of Victoria is bringing in new advisory bike...

Stay between the lines

Jul 21, 2020 / 11:00 am

One sure sign of growing up when we were young was the ability to use our crayons and colour between the lines. An important skill for a "grown up"...

10 questions,10 answers

Jul 14, 2020 / 11:00 am

It's time to deal with all the questions in the DriveSmartBC inbox that have not prompted an article of their own. Here are 10 of them, one of which...

What does a traffic cop do?

Jul 7, 2020 / 11:00 am

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that most people see a traffic cop as someone who writes speeding tickets and fills out collision reports. This is a...

Exorcise the speed demons

Jun 30, 2020 / 11:00 am

Whenever I make a public presentation and then open the floor to questions, people always highlight the traffic problems in their neighbourhoods and ask why the...

Slowing too soon for you

Jun 23, 2020 / 11:00 am

I've been asked to discuss the practice of some drivers who "slow down, way back from a stop light, potentially blocking access for both the left and...

The world is my ashtray

Jun 16, 2020 / 11:00 am

I found myself waiting for a red light behind another vehicle this week. That vehicle's driver had his window down, his elbow on the sill and was holding...

Don't push me!

Jun 9, 2020 / 11:00 am

Ah courtesy, where have you gone? You are certainly scarce on the highways and byways of our fair province! When was the last time another driver did something...

To ticket or not to ticket...

Jun 2, 2020 / 11:00 am

"Don't you guys ever do anything else than write tickets?" asked the visibly upset gentleman who had just been stopped for travelling at 86 km/h...

Who's responsible in crash?

May 26, 2020 / 11:00 am

Have you ever stopped to consider the risk involved in handing your keys over to someone else? As the owner of a vehicle, you have significant responsibility...

Stay on your side of the road

May 19, 2020 / 11:00 am

I live beside a road where I can watch an 'S' curve out of my window where visibility is limited due to vegetation on both sides. I don't have to...

How to ticket with radar

May 12, 2020 / 11:00 am

Despite the fact that it is older technology, radar is still frequently used by police to measure vehicle speeds today. When used properly, it is an accurate...

The two-way left-turn lane

May 5, 2020 / 11:00 am

A two-way left-turn lane is often found in larger towns and cities running down the centre of a multi-lane highway. It is easily identified by the combination...

There's more to the tug test

Apr 28, 2020 / 11:00 am

Chances are good that your trailer has been slumbering, forgotten, in the back yard over the winter. Spring is here so we'll just hook it up and go. A quick...

Always leave yourself an out

Apr 21, 2020 / 11:00 am

Do you plan to avoid trouble when you are driving? A defensive driver always tries to maintain a space cushion around all four sides of their vehicle. The habit...

Do we want safe roads?

Apr 14, 2020 / 11:00 am

According to media reports, some drivers are taking advantage of the current light traffic conditions to behave badly. When stopped by police and ticketed for...

Telling it like it is

Apr 7, 2020 / 11:00 am

Commentary driving is a useful tool for teaching a new driver. They narrate their observations, interpretations and intentions about the traffic situation as...

Perpetuating mediocrity

Mar 31, 2020 / 11:00 am

I once stopped a vehicle being driven at 96 km/h in a posted 50 km/h construction zone. Approaching the passenger side, I spoke with the woman in the front seat...

Which signs are which?

Mar 24, 2020 / 11:00 am

Regulatory and advisory signs Drivers are often confused about the difference between a regulatory sign and an advisory sign. A regulatory sign generally has...

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