Behind the Wheel

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...

Make way for E-vehicles

Nov 1, 2016 / 11:00 am

Move over for emergency vehicles A reader was travelling in a major municipality recently and was stopped in a large collection of vehicles waiting for a red...

Improve your driving skills

Oct 25, 2016 / 6:00 am

One of our local newspapers has a Beefs and Bouquets section that I often find entertaining. Many of the beefs concern drivers who don’t follow the rules,...

Questioning the system

Oct 18, 2016 / 11:00 am

A mother questions the legal system "How do I deal with the legal system after my son was killed by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel?" This was...

A near-miss story

Oct 11, 2016 / 6:00 am

I received a detailed e-mail from a lady who described walking beside Willingdon Road southbound in North Saanich during the early morning darkness. She paused,...

Check your rear-view mirror

Oct 4, 2016 / 11:00 am

Readers in Port Alberni and Kelowna have commented on drivers who stop to turn left between intersections and are then involved in collisions with drivers...

Bright ideas for fall driving

Sep 27, 2016 / 6:00 am

It was easy to tell that the first day of fall came on Thursday. All I had to do was check my e-mail inbox and count the bright ideas to remind everyone to...

Yellow means stop

Sep 20, 2016 / 11:00 am

Prepare to stop when yellow lights are flashing When my father-in-law from Quebec visited us years ago, he was impressed with the overhead sign with flashing...