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July 19, 2021

COVID-19 in Canada: How our battle to stop the pandemic is going

The latest numbers from across country showing where the virus is, how quickly it’s spreading and how fast we’re rolling out vaccines. NOTE TO READERS, July […]
July 19, 2021

Construction Zone Signs

I was driving home after shift last week listening to the radio and enjoying the sunshine. The traffic report was being broadcast and in it was […]
July 3, 2021

When Drivers Kill

I’ve often thought to myself over the years that if I ever wanted to kill someone the best way to do it would be to drive […]
June 21, 2021

4 Way Stop

Who goes first at a 4 way stop? The concept should be simple, first to stop, first to go. However, when more than one driver stops […]
June 2, 2021

Jaywalking: Cross at Your Own Risk

Jaywalking problems… caught my attention. After reading a story all I am left with is the feeling that the situation was poorly explained and readers might […]
May 21, 2021

Give Me a Brake!

One would think that there was a weekend push, pull or drag sale on trailers. I once checked three of them on a Friday evening and […]
May 21, 2021

Traffic Cop Humour

Traffic Cop Humour… It’s a beautiful spring day outside and I don’t feel like writing a serious article for you this morning. I’m going to wander […]
May 11, 2021

Preparing for Trial? Request Disclosure

I’m always amazed at the amount of poorly qualified or outright incorrect information on the web when I search for traffic enforcement related information. One popular […]
April 27, 2021

Speeding – a roadside conversation with a driver

Speeding… I had an interesting conversation with a driver at the roadside one morning. I had stopped him for driving at 107 km/h in the posted […]
April 8, 2021

Bicycle Lanes

“Don’t design streets for the traffic that you have, design streets for the traffic that you want.” This bit of wisdom from a traffic engineer may […]
March 29, 2021

Sharing with Horses

Our Motor Vehicle Act defines traffic as pedestrians, ridden or herded animals, vehicles, cycles and other conveyances, either singly or together, while using a highway to […]
March 19, 2021

Why Being Likable Never Works

Just about everyone wants to be liked. Being Likable… That’s not just human nature but a survival mechanism that’s been hardwired into the brain chemistry of a […]
March 14, 2021

Steering Wheel Hand Placement

There were some students in my Elder College class last week that were surprised to learn that it was no longer generally acceptable to hold the […]
March 7, 2021

Traffic Ticket Fallacies

I refused to sign the ticket that I got for speeding last week. Does that mean this ticket is invalid and I don’t have to pay […]
March 5, 2021

Be Prepared for Trouble in Winter Snow!

Be Prepared for Trouble in Winter Snow! I remember putting chains on my father’s tow truck and plowing winter snow with the front bumper at 30 […]
March 5, 2021

Pedestrians on the Highway

“Don’t pedestrians have to use the sidewalks?” asks a reader. The concern expressed here is that when a safe place is provided for pedestrians away from […]
February 23, 2021

If you are stopped by the police, just what is it that the officer is entitled to do?

If you are stopped by the police, just what is it that the officer is entitled to do? This is a simple enough question, and one […]
February 12, 2021

Lack of Mufflers

There sometimes seem to be two types of people when it comes to the sounds emitted by vehicle exhaust systems… aka Mufflers: those who hate it […]
February 3, 2021

Those Blinding Blue Headlights

Those Blinding Blue Headlights… The situation may be from one of three causes: poor design, a standard high intensity discharge (HID) headlamp or an improper retrofit. […]
January 27, 2021

Business leaders can learn from political vacation scandal, experts say

The ongoing controversy involving politicians who ignored travel warnings over the holidays holds important lessons for Canadian business executives, according to experts in public relations and […]
January 21, 2021

Do You Know Someone Who Should Not be Driving?

I often hear comments that a friend or family member should not be driving. This person is usually either an older driver or a person suffering […]
January 15, 2021

Employers clamp down on ‘ambiguous’ mask rules as more infections tied to workplaces

On the factory floor, masks were optional. Until last month, workers at TEC Business Solutions’s corrugated packaging plant in Mississauga, Ont. donned a mask, underwent a […]
January 15, 2021

Buying home insurance? Ask these 4 questions first

Purchasing home insurance may not be as fun as choosing new furniture and paint colours, but it’s a critical part of the home-buying process. Your homeowners insurance policy is […]
December 17, 2020

Following Too Closely

Ask a lawyer who specializes in collision litigation and they will tell you that the most frequent collision type they deal with is a rear end […]
December 17, 2020

Snow Removal Equipment

Knowing how to behave around snow removal equipment when you encounter it on the highway is important for both your safety and that of the equipment […]
December 17, 2020

Dogs Don’t Drive!

Your dog may be licenced, but it isn’t a licence to drive a vehicle reminds a reader. This person was concerned about the number of human […]
December 9, 2020

4 steps to pet-proof your holiday tree this season

Watch your Pets this Christmas… Trees decorated with bright lights and ornaments are key part of many holiday celebrations. It’s important to protect pets from any […]
December 9, 2020

Drinking and Driving Zero Tolerance

I wrote this article back in 2004. Since then the B.C. government has enacted the Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) program, reducing the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) threshold for […]
November 26, 2020

Ontario promises action to address rising insurance rates as critics urge regulation

TORONTO _ Under pressure to address rising commercial insurance rates blamed on the pandemic, Premier Doug Ford promised this week to take action to stop what […]
November 26, 2020

Why don’t we have pay-per-mile auto insurance in Canada?

 I see ads on American TV for pay-per-mile insurance, where you just pay for how much you drive. The ads sound great; it really makes sense, […]