Sleep, Text, Be Impaired & Supervise a New Driver

DriveSmartBC LogoEvery once in a while a visitor to DriveSmartBC will pose a question that makes me go “hmm...” This week brought one of those moments with the query “Does a driver supervisor have to be sane?” Without thinking, my response was that of course a supervisor would have to be sane, but after I thought about it, the only thing that a supervisor requires is a minimum age and a valid driver's licence.

I would expect that a driver supervisor would have sufficient driving skill to effectively guide a new driver while they learn to drive. This person would be paying the same attention to the road as they would be when driving themselves. They would actively guide the learner during the drive if necessary and take opportunities to teach when they presented themselves.

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Powers of Attorney & Joint Bank Accounts

Wise Owl imageMany Canadians are concerned about how to manage their money, property, and finances as they age or as life changes take place. They may worry about what will happen if they become unable to deal with their own finances. It is a good idea to plan ahead for a time when you may need help managing your affairs. Two tools often used for managing financial affairs are powers of attorney and joint bank accounts. It is important to know how a power of attorney or a joint bank account works before you use them. There are risks and advantages to both. You should never feel pressured to sign a power of attorney or to open a joint bank account. Carefully consider all of your options before making any decisions.

OCSV Volunteer Opportunity

OCSV LogoOceanside Community Safety Volunteers work in a non-profit organization that offers various, beneficial programs to residents of all ages - free of charge. We contribute to a safe, happy community, which is both rewarding and fun. Community Safety Volunteers focus on Crime Prevention strategies and the dissemination of information.

Child Passenger Safety Technician Training

Corporal Car SeatDo you have a passion for children and safety? Learn the skills to safely transport children in vehicles and share that knowledge with parents and caregivers at the Parksville Fire Hall from April 26 to 28, 2016.

In this course you will learn about the mechanics of a collision, the legislation governing child restraints and the different stages of child restraint systems and how they work. The course will include hands-on practice so that you will feel comfortable with different methods of installation and guidance on how to help parents and caregivers select and use car seats and booster seats correctly.

Pedestrians, Road Safety and Sidewalks

DriveSmartBC LogoI grew up in a small town where there were no sidewalks unless you counted 4 sides from 3 blocks downtown. As children, we didn't pay much attention to the rule that required us to walk on the left facing oncoming traffic but we did make sure that we were on the edge or even off of the pavement when a vehicle drove by. Most neighbourhood streets were our playgrounds and we shared with other road users as the need arose.

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It's Tax (Fraud) Time!

Scam Warning GraphicThe Oceanside RCMP receive several calls this time of year regarding the Canada Revenue Scam.

Background: Residents receive a notification by phone that they owe back taxes as the result of an audit. The fraudster claims that the payment must be made immediately or the RCMP will attend their home and arrest them. The victim is further told that they must phone a certain telephone number without delay, asked for personal information and then told to wire money.

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Walk Safe

WalkingWalking is one of the best ways to stay in shape and maintain a healthy lifestyle. More than ever, people are getting out to enjoy a walk through our beautiful communities. It may be time to ask ourselves what we can do as pedestrians to avoid harm while walking.

Parking in the Wrong Place

DriveSmartBC LogoImagine leaving your vehicle in the parking lot at the local strip mall, walking over to a business to conduct your shopping and discovering that it is no longer where you had left it when you return about 15 minutes later. My first thought would be that my vehicle had been stolen. This was not the case for a lady from Kelowna though. She had parked in stalls designated by a sign for one business and done her shopping at another.

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