Our current system of trying to change driver behaviour largely consists of traffic tickets, vehicle impoundment and driver's licence suspensions. They all rely on traffic policing to find and deal with those who don't follow the rules. How efficient is that?
The rain is pounding down outside this morning as I sit looking out my livingroom window with tablet and coffee in hand. I'm warm and dry enjoying the idea that being retired means I am no longer on the highway investigating collisions in this weather. Of course, Murphy was listening.
This is a short trip down memory lane with a retired traffic cop: me. I've just recently completed a round trip from Vancouver Island to the West Kootenays and back and had plenty of time to think along the way. There were ghosts along Highway 3 from the Manning Park works yard to Rock Creek, one of my old patrol areas.
If I were to ask you what a flag person's job was, what would you reply? Assure orderly movement of traffic through a highway obstruction of some sort? Help everyone involved to be safe as they work on the highway? Why then do some drivers treat flagpersons so badly?
In British Columbia, motorists are required to slow down and move over for all vehicles stopped alongside the road that have flashing red, blue or yellow lights. This includes maintenance workers, utility workers, police, fire, ambulance, tow trucks, Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement personnel, land surveyors, animal control workers, garbage collectors and other roadside workers.
Whether you're a rider or a driver, these safety tips can help prevent motorcycle crashes and serious injuries.
You can help make our streets and communities safer by encouraging others to leave the phone alone behind the wheel.
Get a distracted driving sticker and show your support. They are available at participating ICBC Driver Licensing, Autoplan broker and Oceanside Community Safety offices.
Wearing your seatbelt is one of the best ways to protect yourself from getting injured or even killed in a crash.
It's also the law.
Police enforcement of seatbelts and child car seats is up and the Oceanside RCMP will be focusing their attention on occupant restraints during the month of March.
March is distracted driving month in British Columbia and ICBC would like to remind you to give your complete attention to the driving task. Police will reinforce this message by focusing enforcement action on those drivers who fail to heed this advice. Even if you're not using your phone, you may still be distracted. Any diversion of your attention away from the safe operation of your vehicle, like chatting with passengers, eating or drinking, or adjusting radio or vehicle settings, can contribute to distracted and inattentive driving.