road safety

DriveSmartBC - Trouble After a Vehicle Purchase

DriveSmartBC LogoThis 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."

Pedestrian Injuries Double in Winter

ICBC LogoAlmost 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.

RCMP Occupant Restraint Enforcement Campaign

buckle up imageWearing 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.

Leave Your Phone Alone

ICBC LogoDistracted 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.

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