Behind the Scenes: Monster Trucking for Wildlife Safety

July 15, 2015
crawler entering culvert

Most jobs discourage playing with toys. But when it comes to maintaining the many amphibian crossings on Vancouver Island, only a mini monster truck will do. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure modified a remote controlled truck to inspect the small highway underpasses that offer amphibians and small mammals safe passage from one side to the other. The culverts are too small for ministry workers to crawl through for inspections, so they use this four-wheel-drive “culvert crawler” for the...

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What the RCMP Wants You to Know About the Slow Down Move Over Law

July 7, 2015
Slow Down Move Over Enforcement

The BC RCMP recently confirmed the Slow Down Move Over rule is being ignored by many drivers. A series of near misses and collisions with roadside vehicles happened over the last few months. In response, RCMP Traffic Services members performed “Operation Shield” on Highway 1 in Surrey and Chilliwack on June 16, 2015. The results were not good. Police officers issued 20 violation tickets, each coming with a $173 fine and 3 penalty points. If it was safe to...

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Three Ways We are Working to Protect BC Highways from Climate Change

July 2, 2015
BC climate change protection

It’s no secret. Extreme weather is on the rise as a result of global climate change. What impacts will climate change have on our transportation infrastructure? Expect an increase in dramatic weather events like: coastal storm surges, extreme precipitation events and an increase in higher than normal temperatures. Across BC, there are thousands of bridges allowing motorists to travel over our many lakes, rivers and streams. Our roadways also have countless culverts to pass water safely and prevent flood...

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How You Can Protect a New Mother on BC Highways

June 26, 2015
Alyssa and Alice

Alyssa Ursel is one of the many people whose job is to safeguard fellow roadside workers by guiding drivers through highway work zones, or “Cone Zones.” She is a flagger, also known as a traffic control person. She is also a new mother. Like many new moms returning to work after maternity leave, she has mixed emotions. Excited to be working again at a job she enjoys, but also nervous about being away from the little one she loves....

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6 Types of BC Bridges Identified

June 23, 2015
Dry Gulch 1

According to the dictionary, a bridge is: “a structure carrying a road, path, railroad or canal across a river, ravine, road, railroad or other obstacle”. That’s a basic and accurate description of a bridge to be sure, but here at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, we think of bridges as something more than just a structure crossing a span. We think of bridges as a special type of infrastructure. Bridges inspire. Bridges open possibilities. Bridges connect. To us,...

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Are BC’s Distracted Driving Laws Tough Enough? Tell Us

June 16, 2015
bc consultation on driver safety

Should drivers caught texting face greater sanctions than those talking on a hand-held device? Should new drivers or repeat offenders face greater distracted driving penalties? Should sanctions such as prohibitions and vehicle impoundments be considered? RoadSafetyBC love to hear your thoughts on these questions and more around distracted driving penalties. Too lenient? Not high enough? The BC government is thinking about raising penalties for distracted driving and so want to hear from you. Starting today (June 16, 2015) until...

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Keep Right, Let Others Pass Law is Now Official on BC Highways

June 15, 2015
Installing Keep Right

If you’ve ever found yourself stuck behind a slow moving vehicle travelling in the left lane of a BC highway, we have some good news for you. What’s happening? British Columbia has a new law requiring motorists to keep right and let others pass. Why are we doing this? From November 2013 to January 2014, we undertook a province-wide Rural Highway Safety and Speed Review. During the review, complaints about drivers “hogging” the left lane – despite direction in...

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