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Behind the Wheel

Move or be plowed

Dec 1, 2020 / 11:00 am

Knowing how to behave around snow-removal equipment on the highway is important for your safety and that of the equipment operator. These trucks must operate at...

Following too closely

Nov 24, 2020 / 11:00 am

Ask a lawyer who specializes in collision litigation and they will tell you that the most frequent collision type they deal with is a rear-end crash. Common...

Is your vehicle defective?

Nov 17, 2020 / 11:00 am

Defective vehicles — A crash looking for a place to happen? What do you do with a pickup that has only one operating light, a high-beam headlight, being...

Are you fit to drive?

Nov 10, 2020 / 11:00 am

Gather a group of traffic enforcement officers for coffee and doughnuts at Tim Horton’s and we'll sit and swap stories about what we have seen and...

Get your winter tires on

Nov 3, 2020 / 11:00 am

Temperatures have dipped below seven degrees, so it's time to install your winter tires. Residents in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island might be able...

Gravity is not load security

Oct 27, 2020 / 11:00 am

Three incidents last week prompt me to remind everyone about load security. Two boats have taken unexpected cruises along the pavement and a falling ladder...

Stop. Look. Listen. Report

Oct 20, 2020 / 11:00 am

Responding to an emergency can sometimes be a significant challenge. One call I was involved with had us trying to find a three-vehicle pileup in the northbound...

Head lamps 101

Oct 13, 2020 / 11:00 am

Long winter nights mean we spend more time driving while using our head lamps. All head lamps are, however, not created equal, so some vehicles are safer to...

Be safe, be seen

Oct 6, 2020 / 1:00 pm

You would think that the most likely pedestrian to be struck on our highways would be a child. They are impulsive, may not follow the rules because they...

Check your lights

Sep 29, 2020 / 11:00 am

The next time you get into your vehicle, start it up, set the parking brake, turn on all of the lights and the hazard flashers. Walk around your vehicle and...

Slow driving in the fast lane

Sep 22, 2020 / 11:00 am

QUESTION: Have you ever touched on the subject of drivers doing five to 15 kilometres below the posted speed limit? It's extremely annoying. The passing...

Clear your windshield first

Sep 15, 2020 / 11:00 am

Clear your frosty windows before driving Depending on where you are reading this, the autumn frosts are either already here, or will be here shortly. This means...

Info you need after a crash

Sep 8, 2020 / 11:00 am

QUESTION: Are we required to carry insurance papers within the car at all times? I'm helping a friend ask this as she was involved in a slight accident and...

If you kill it, report it

Sep 1, 2020 / 11:00 am

About 5,762 wildlife collisions happen every year in B.C. That's an 11-year average ending in 2017, according to the Wildlife Accident Reporting System, as...

Pedestrians with a motor

Aug 25, 2020 / 11:00 am

Motorized wheelchair users are pedestrians Technology is a wonderful thing. Those of us whose mobility is restricted have had their capabilities enhanced...

I'll drive if I want to

Aug 18, 2020 / 11:00 am

I watched a television news story about a traffic collision that interviewed family members exiting the courthouse. One of the people lamented that if...

Making a driving complaint

Aug 11, 2020 / 11:00 am

Have you ever felt upset enough about something that happened around you in traffic that you wanted to report it to the police? I'm sure that we've all...

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"...

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