Road Rage on the Hood

Over a year ago, the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) released a national study on the extent of Canada’s roadway ‘bottleneck’ problem.  It said that “bottlenecks are the single biggest contributor to road delays, far outpacing traffic collisions, weather and construction,… affecting Canadians in every major urban market, increasing commute times by as much as 50 …

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Don’t Touch the Phone

Although March is technically “Distracted Driving Awareness Month” in BC, August is also a good month for a comment on these rules and the penalties for not following them.  This is because August, despite its good weather, long days with lots of daylight driving hours, and usually minimal visibility issues, tends towards having amongst the …

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Burning Cars for Fun

A year ago, Road Rules wrote about the new French problem of burning cars.  The topic was unusual, perhaps more a matter of cultural and sociological import than road safety. But the high number of vehicles burned, the effects on French car insurance, the reasons for such wide-spread destructive behavior, and the question of suppressing …

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Scooters Galore

The assertion that the humble scooter was invented in Germany in 1817 is plausible, but invention dates and details of often controversial.  It just makes for a too-neat history: 200 years from a simple toy-like vehicle of small wheels on a piece of wood with a handlebar to the founding of ‘Bird’, the Santa Monica-based …

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New Impaired Driving Legislation

The Criminal Code of Canada prohibits driving while impaired by drugs and alcohol.  Yet impaired driving remains the leading criminal cause of death and injury in Canada.  The latest available Department of Justice statistics indicate that, in 2016, there were more than 70,000 impaired driving incidents “including almost 3,000 drug-impaired driving incidents.” Having provided for …

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Seatbelts in All Public Transport Vehicles?

A year before the Humboldt Broncos team bus— not equipped with seat-belts for the passengers— collided with a tractor-trailer on a rural Saskatchewan highway on April 6, 2018 killing 16 and injuring 13, the federal government had proposed a rule making seatbelts mandatory on all newly built ‘highway’ buses. The final regulation for bus seatbelts …

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The Devastation of a Junior Hockey Team

On April 6th, 2018, the horror story broke worldwide that a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team to a playoff game in Nipawin, Saskatchewan collided with a tractor-trailer truck north of Tisdale, Saskatchewan just after 5 p.m.  Sixteen people were killed—including the bus driver—and another 13 were injured. The truck driver was not …

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Driving Equality

A few weeks have elapsed since Saudi Arabia’s royal decree lifting the long-standing ban against women driving came into effect on Sunday June 24, 2018.  While there have been other recent significant reforms of the male guardianship system in the country—a system under which women outside the home are in some respects treated as minors …

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