This year's holiday CounterAttack campaign is kicking off this weekend with roadchecks set up across the province. The B.C. government, police and ICBC are urging drivers to plan ahead and make smart decisions to get home safely this holiday season.
I pick up my grand daughters one afternoon a week at their rural elementary school. The kindergarten classes march out in line and wait patiently while their teacher identifies each child's caregiver and dismisses them individually. They now join the free for all to walk to the vehicles parked in the area and go home.
This inquiry arrived in the DriveSmartBC inbox last Thursday: "I bought a used newer truck from a dealership and was told prior to signing the final documents that the truck had gone through a full safety inspection. Less than two weeks later I was pulled over and issued a ticket for improperly equipped motor vehicle and issued a box 2 inspection order for my 2017 Dodge Ram 3500."
But please don’t wait until you see throngs of children before you slow down. We must jack up our level of vigilance and lower our speed everywhere children might be trick-or-treating.
Oceanside Community Safety volunteers Cheryl and Leah were on location at the Parksville Fire Department to take part in the Fire Prevention Month open house. Normally, Child Safety Seat checks are held monthly at Oceanside Public Health Services but they were pleased to help out on this special event.
Almost double the number of pedestrians are injured in crashes from October to January as the weather changes and daylight hours decrease. On Vancouver Island every year, on average, 390 crashes involve a pedestrian.
That's why today, ICBC is launching a pedestrian safety campaign with police and TransLink to urge pedestrians and drivers to stay safe as crashes with pedestrians spike at this time of year.
Wearing a seatbelt is one of the most important ways for drivers – and passengers – to protect themselves. Your chances of surviving a vehicle crash increase dramatically if you are wearing a seatbelt properly.
Seatbelts reduce the risk of occupants striking the interior of the vehicle, colliding with other passengers, or being ejected.
Every seat used in your vehicle must have a seatbelt.
Distracted driving now causes more fatal crashes in BC than impaired driving. When you’re behind the wheel, take a break from your phone.
The use of hand-held personal electronic devices has been banned in BC since 2010. The law also applies while you’re stopped at a red light or slowed in traffic.
The penalty for one distracted driving ticket is a $368 fine and four penalty points ($210) for a total of $578.