Warning: If You’re a Distracted Driver, it’s Going to Cost You

October 20, 2014
New Penalties

Starting October 20th, 2014, changes to the Motor Vehicle Act regulations means an increase in driver penalty points (from 0 to 3) for those caught talking on a handheld device while driving.  This new penalty also covers: watching a DVD, programming a phone’s GPS. operating hand-held audio players. The points will be combined with the $167 fine that already exists and makes it all now in line with the penalty currently given to drivers for texting. To get really specific, under the definition of using an electronic device, there is a complete ban on a driver: Holding, operating, communicating or watching the screen of a hand-held electronic communication device. Sending or receiving text messages or email on any type of electronic device. Holding, operating, communicating or watching the screen of a hand-held electronic computing device, one of the purposes of which is to process or compute data. Reminder:  under the Motor...

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Do Motorcycles Need Winter Tires in BC?

October 17, 2014
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We’ve received many questions from motorcyclists wondering how winter tire regulations affect them. In a nutshell, here’s how motorcyclists should approach winter driving in BC. Motorcyclists are not required to use winter tires, as winter tires are not available...

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7 Things You Need to Know BEFORE Driving the Coquihalla and High Mountain Passes

October 15, 2014
Coquihalla safety tips

Coquihalla, Rogers Pass, Pine Pass…are you ready? If you live on the Coast, you may not travel BC’s mountains very often. We’ve noticed a number of those living in those areas aren’t always ready to go from wet Lower...

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How You Can Help Us Build our 10 Year Transportation Plan

October 14, 2014
10 Year Transportation Plan

What should be the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure priorities and what are the best opportunities for us over the next decade? From growing the economy to increasing community connections and more, we want to hear from you...

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4 Paths to Protecting Painted Turtles in the Creston Valley

October 8, 2014
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Gravel and sand with a sunny southern exposure… If you were selling real estate to Western Painted Turtles ready to lay eggs, this would be a hot property. However, the saying about “location, location, location” holds true for turtles...

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Are You Ready for Winter Driving? 3 Helpful Websites

October 6, 2014
Are You Ready for Winter Driving? 3 Helpful Websites

Winter is advancing on British Columbia. Look to Alberta in the east: snow. Look to Yukon in the north: more snow. Winter has us surrounded. Chilling, isn’t it? Don’t freak out. You’ve got this. And we can help you...

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Why There’s Heavy Machinery in the Lougheed Hwy Wetlands

October 6, 2014
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There’s a careful balance between making highways safer and preserving nature. When we widened Lougheed Highway 7 to four lanes between Nelson and Wren streets in Mission a few years ago, we had to sacrifice a portion of local...

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