Harm Reduction

Although it’s far from a new concept, “Harm Reduction” has come into vogue, particularly around music festivals and substance abuse. Some recent examples: • 80 people were sent to hospital and a woman died of a suspected drug overdose at the Boonstock Music Festival in Penticton, BC; • Man found dead in his tent at […]

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Forms of Travel: True Statistics

There have been a few plane crashes lately. CTV News states: “2014 Plane Crash Fatalities Already Double Those of 2013”. People are apparently nervous in the wake of these tragedies and are reconsidering their travel plans. But what are the true statistics? Despite the occasional disaster, air travel is actually one of the safest forms […]

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Left Lane Bandits

There is a growing consensus that the BC Government’s preoccupation with highway speed limits is based more on generating revenue than safety. Our article: “Roadside Justice or Injustice” deals with arbitrary speed limits that have no real safety justification. When speed limits are arbitrary, their relationship to a maximum safe speed becomes irrelevant. A car […]

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Is it Worth It?

Distracted driving has become an epidemic on our roads and highways. The most recent statistics indicate that more people were killed in British Columbia by distracted driving than by impaired driving. This is a startling statistic that should concern each and every one of us. The current fine for distracted driving $167 and 3 demerit […]

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Business As Usual at ICBC: Have Your Cake and Eat it Too

ICBC has apologized to British Columbia drivers for an “operational error” by overcharging thousands of drivers optional insurance for an undetermined length of time. Gives you a warm fuzzy feeling, doesn’t it? CEO and President Mark Blucher has admitted that ICBC has no idea how long this error goes back because it only has 6 […]

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Tail Lights and Ghost Cars

For safety reasons, daytime running lights are now mandatory on all new vehicles sold or imported into Canada. Strangely, the definition of “daytime running lamp” in the legislation does not include tail lights. We’ve all seen vehicles at dawn or dusk (even in the dark or fog) with just their driving lights and no tail […]

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What Designated Drivers Should Know

A controversial Supreme Court of British Columbia ruling released February 3, 2014, Felix v. Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, 2014 BCSC 166, has highlighted a glaring legislative drafting error by the BC Government. Due to this apparent oversight, the Court has ruled that designated drivers are not covered by third party insurance. This means that, […]

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Roadside Justice or Injustice?

I recall witnessing a vehicle being impounded by the RCMP in the middle of nowhere on one of our highways. It was the Sunday of a long weekend in a no-service cell zone. The driver was apparently the target of B.C.’s excessive speeding law for allegedly driving 40 kms over the limit. Allegedly or not, […]

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Plan for a Ride Home

Christmas is just around the corner in Kelowna and the Okanagan and it’s time to plan a ride home. People drink to celebrate the Christmas holiday season. It just seems to be a fact of life. And therein lies the most important point to remember this Christmas – the gift of life. Drinking and driving […]

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Driver Distraction

As we dealt with in a recent article, ICBC, while seeking another rate hike, blatantly and unjustly,  shifted the blame for needing more money onto personal injury lawyers. By going on the attack ICBC didn’t have to defend against allegations of mismanagement, bloated salaries, or the Government’s appropriation of millions of dollars of its profits. […]

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