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Yearly Archives: 2020

It’s time to look at giving flaggers ability to ticket

September 4, 2020

  A flagger directs traffic at a closed intersection in Chemainus. It goes without saying that all drivers should obey the directions of flaggers, and people using alternative forms of transportation should do the same, writes Steve Wallace. (DARREN STONE,… Read More…

Readers share thoughts on bike lanes, high-crash sites

August 28, 2020

  A cyclist passes the Customs House construction site while using the new bike lane on Wharf Street. Federal capital funds allocated to such projects have little effect on local government budgets, Steve Wallace writes. DARREN STONE, TIMES COLONIST  … Read More…

Social distancing aids drivers’ health

August 21, 2020

  Special rules for COVID-19 have applications behind the wheel Student driver has great advice: When you’re in a parkade, go to the upper levels with very few vehicles. You’ll be able to stay away from the door-knockers. Photograph By TIMES… Read More…

Vancouver Island’s Top 10 crash sites

August 14, 2020

  In 2019, 101 collisions were recorded at the McKenzie and Highway 1 overpass project, making it the Island’s top crash site. DARREN STONE, TIMES COLONIST Photograph By DARREN STONE, TIMES COLONIST It is difficult to explain the reason for some… Read More…

Fine jumps for ‘dooring’ cyclists

August 1, 2020

  Cyclists pass cars in a parking lot on Circle Drive in Beacon Hill Park. Motorists take note: The fine for opening a car unsafely rises to $368 on Sept. 21. Photograph By DARREN STONE, TIMES COLONIST   For as long… Read More…

Good driving depends on timing

July 24, 2020

  Most people guess low when it comes to passing on a highway, making a turn in city traffic or braking Motorists face innumerable decisions on the road: How much space do I need to pass? How long would it… Read More…

Long-awaited road tests return to B.C.

July 20, 2020

  Driver licensing tests are to resume July 20. Practical driving testing for new drivers is now a reality in B.C., as of July 20. The dynamic duo of provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix… Read More…

Blanshard Street, colour it red

July 10, 2020

It is a simple one-word question. Why? Why did I get every solid red traffic light while traveling on Highway 17, otherwise known as Blanshard Street, all the way through three municipalities on my way to the airport to pick… Read More…

Shoulder check a must in driving tests

July 3, 2020

New technology will override driver control and prevent a probable crash in confined and not-so-close areas. Lateral hazards are sometimes identified by a light on the side view mirrors, which alerts the driver to their whereabouts. Photograph By DREAMSTIME, TNS  … Read More…

Suggestions for post-pandemic era

June 19, 2020

    Don had some interesting observations concerning the sensors that change traffic lights in a demand cycle, as opposed to a fixed time interval. The coronavirus threat has caused authorities to disable the push-button function for pedestrians at most… Read More…

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