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Drivers Not Slowing Down and Moving Over: Putting Others At Risk

WorkSafeBC clearly promotes a worker’s right to refuse unsafe work, be it on a worksite or along our highways.

The Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act defines what needs to happen if this right is invoked.

On top of this, Canada has the Motor Vehicle Act, to be enforced by the police in any given area.

Under this act there is a law, known as Slow Down, Move Over, which states drivers must reduce their travelling speed, to 70 km/h if the posted speed is more than 80 km/h, for all vehicles…read more on Gina’s column.

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Ride Between The Lines

Ride Between The Lines

Estimated collision results for British Columbia in 2018:

  • Fatal: 219
  • Injured: 48,099
  • Hospitalized: 219 48,099
  • Reported collisions: 5,544 244,712
  • Vulnerable road users:
  • Motorcycle fatalities: 27
  • Motorcycle injuries: 27 1,266
  • Motorcycle crashes: 2,025
  • Cycle fatalities: 9
  • Cycle injuries: 1,350
  • Cycle crashes: 1,603
  • Pedestrian fatalities: 51
  • Pedestrian injuries: 2,194
  • Pedestrian strikes: 2,278
  • Crash related medical costs : $42,549,420

*data from DrivesmartBC

Humans are fascinating. I know my attention can, and has been, high jacked many times; for instance, a glint of light or that shiny thing I sense in the peripheral.
Our eyes constantly adjust to enhance the subtleties from the background.
As the optometrists Hughes and Cole once wrote, “Whether an object will attract the attention of an observer (road user) is largely determined by that observer.”

Read the rest of this traffic safety article at the Revelstoke review where it was first published.

By Gina Gregg
COR Internal Auditor
CSO OFA III TCP TCS LCT
Stand in the Gap

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