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Behind the Wheel

Fast laser nails fast drivers

Apr 18, 2017 / 11:00 am

Measuring vehicle speed with laser I can remember the anticipation when our highway patrol unit was issued it's first laser speed measuring device, an LTI...

Make way to give way

Apr 11, 2017 / 11:00 am

Sirens! I'm being overtaken by an ambulance on the way to a call. Signal, move out of the right lane onto the shoulder and stop. Traffic around me seems to...

2 kinds of driving errors

Apr 4, 2017 / 11:00 am

I watched a woman run a stop sign the other day while I was out for a walk. I knew she travelled this route often and she should be familiar with stopping...

But I didn't know!

Mar 28, 2017 / 11:00 am

I often prowl through driving forums on the Internet searching for interesting topics of discussion. The following quote came from a site in Kelowna. Sadly, not...

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...

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