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Behind the Wheel - Professional Courtesy

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"Professional Courtesy" is common to the medical profession where queue jumping is effected for medical appointments, etc., for medical professionals. Please comment on an equivalent courtesy which may be offered by law enforcement agencies for non criminal offences such as speeding or minor traffic infractions of firemen, armed forces personnel and others. Would you recommend that the many who feel entitled to speed should get one of those "Fireman" license frames?

Hydroplaning Season

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One of the great things about writing this column is that there is no end of inspiration when I travel on our highways. Today was no different with the first rains of autumn falling and few, if any, drivers around me making any changes in their travel speeds. Welcome to the start of hydroplaning season!

High Beams Blind Cyclists

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I bicycle to work with proper lighting and reflective gear. My safety concern is oncoming traffic with their high beams on, especially when it rains, because those oncoming high beams are like a welding arc or camera flash. Can you please recommend a simple, yet cost effective solution? Glasses don't help as they dull ones night sight. How can I alert traffic to lower their beams?

Stopping for Police

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Judging by the result, it may be a significant event in many driver's lives to be pulled over by the police. I've seen everything from jamming on the brakes and stopping in the middle of the lane to following oblivious drivers for many kilometers before they caught sight of my emergency lights. The tendency was closer to the former rather than the latter, although some drivers made it quite plain that my choice of a place to stop them was not a good one.

The Invisible Pedestrian

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I walked part of the way to work this morning and found myself facing a young woman across a busy intersection while we waited for the traffic signal to change. She was facing me but keeping an eye on the van waiting beside her at the red light signalling a right turn. As I watched the situation unfold I was impressed with this woman's street smarts.

Road Worker Safety

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My job requires me to pull over and park for a short period of time on the freeway. There is sufficient space to pull off and I'm not obstructing a lane but I'm wondering what the regulations are in respect to signaling and signage.

SCC Decision: October 19, 2007

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Citadel General Assurance Co. v. Vytlingam, 2007 SCC 46
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Is hitchhiking illegal in British Columbia?

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Statutory prohibition against hitchhiking
The Motor Vehicle Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 318 (the “Motor Vehicle Act”) regulates highways in British Columbia. Section 182 of the Motor Vehicle Act provides as follows:
 
Pedestrian walking along highway
182 (1) If there is a sidewalk that is reasonably passable on either or both sides of a highway, a pedestrian must not walk on a roadway.
(2) If there is no sidewalk, a pedestrian walking along or on a highway must walk only on the extreme left side of the roadway or the shoulder of the highway, facing traffic approaching from the opposite direction.
(3) A person must not be on a roadway to solicit a ride, employment or business from an occupant of a vehicle.

SCC Decision: July 27, 2007

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R. v. Rhyason, 2007 SCC 39
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(Criminal law / motor vehicle / Impaired driving)

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