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Month: August 2003

School Zones

In early September, schools become giant vortexes pulling from all directions excited children on foot or on bicycles or being driven by their distracted, frazzled (!) parents. Because schools are such busy places and because most of the participants in this whirl of activity are children—low to the ground, rambunctious, unpredictable and often heedless, driving …

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Respect Big Trucks

Lots of “four-wheelers" (trucker-talk for cars and car drivers) take to the highways for the final long weekend of the summer. There they find themselves sharing the road with loggers, lowboys, dryboxes, reefers, bull racks, buckets, bedhuggers, and water wagons—trucker-talk for the big trucks (18 wheelers) that transport the “stuff" of modern life. Twenty-four hours …

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Buckle Up Your Children!

The law in British Columbia states that drivers must ensure that all children under the age of six are securely fastened by a properly utilized and adjusted restraint system that complies with the Motor Vehicle Act (MVA Regulation 36.01). The MVA regulations define the restraint system to be used based on the age and size …

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Buckle Up!

Clunk-Click; Buckle Up for Safety; Buckle Up America; Click It or Ticket; Operation ABC Mobilization; Buckle Down to Buckle Up; Buckle Up: Disappoint Mr. Death— These are ad campaigns from countries around the world that have run at various times in the last 30 years. Is there anyone in the motor vehicle-driving world who hasn’t …

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Safe Driving on Long Weekends

As another long weekend approaches our collective memory of the car accident statistics for the 2003 Canada Day long weekend dims. Lest forgetting this recent history dooms us to repeat it, here is a brief refresher: 9 killed and 24 injured. Of the 9 fatalities, 8 resulted from vehicles colliding where road conditions, weather and …

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Blind Spots

Picture a many-eyed creature with lots of antennae sticking out of a rotating head-like sphere. When you drive, this creature is your role model because to drive safely, you need to know what is going on around you at all times. To help compensate for our limited number of eyes, no antennae and fixed necks, …

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Watch Out for Summer Road Construction

Does summertime music from your car radio mesh well with a jackhammer beat? Could this be because jack hammering is such a common auditory background for summer driving? Summer is road construction season and summer 2003 is no exception. Check out www.city.vancouver.bc.ca and select the menu item “road construction" for an impressive list of all …

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Slow Down!

Vancouver is a city of parks and beaches, playgrounds and back lanes. In the “good ol’ summertime,”—say 40 years ago, kids young and old played outside all day in the lanes and ran or cycled to the playgrounds and parks. You were told, “Be careful, watch for cars,” and (most importantly) “Be home for dinner …

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Make Good Driving Decisions

Road Trips Summer is the season for road trips. In planning their trip, travelers ponder when and where they will travel, where they will stay, what vehicle maintenance is required, how many hours of driving will be required each day, whether or not the driving can be shared, how much luggage each traveler can bring, …

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