February 22, 2018

New West to look at charging drivers to cross the Pattullo

The acting mayor of New Westminster says concerns are rising as traffic floods across the Pattullo Bridge and into his city. Councillor Jamie McEvoy say since the new tolled Port Mann Bridge opened the traffic flow has drastically increased. 

"You can just see the change with your own eyes when you live in the city or when you drive through the … [Read more...]

BC still recording too many distracted drivers

Police across British Columbia are reporting disappointing results from their latest campaign to nab distracted drivers. In February, more than 5600 tickets were handed out province-wide. Investigators say too many drivers are putting themselves and others at risk by choosing to ignore the rules. RCMP Corporal Robert McDonald with the … [Read more...]

Drivers over the Port Mann won’t have to worry about ice bombs anymore

It should be clear sailing now for motorists using the Port Mann bridge in poor winter weather now that cable sweepers have been installed that will hopefully prevent snow and ice buildup on the span's cables.   Testing of the new custom-designed sweepers is now underway. Max Logan with the Port Mann/Highway one improvement project also says … [Read more...]

Drivers dinged by faulty breathalyzers will be cleared

BC's Justice Minister  says 14 drivers given roadside driving bans after faulty readings by breathalyzers will be cleared. Shirley Bond says the files have been reviewed by the office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles. She says each file is being looked at to determine what else may need to be done, including reimbursement. "This … [Read more...]

VPD officer nabs more than 500 drunk drivers

A Vancouver police officer, who's been commended for catching hundreds of impaired drivers, says it's a labour of love... because he's seen enough death and destruction to last a lifetime. Most police officers stop fewer than 20 drunk drivers a year, but over the past two years, constable Brant Arnold-Smith has pulled more than 500 off the … [Read more...]

Bus drivers get ‘net zero’ response from company over wages

The Coast Mountain Bus Company is following the lead of the BC Government and telling it's drivers the mandate for this round of bargaining is 'net zero.'  The Canadian Autoworkers Union Local 1-11, which represents the bus drivers, says this translates to zero increases in any year of the collective agreement. The union says this … [Read more...]

VPD ask drivers, pedestrians to be careful

Vancouver Police are again pleading with drivers and pedestrians to be careful,  after recording 19 traffic fatalities so far this year. Inspector Les Yeo says 11 of those victims were pedestrians. "In the last five weeks alone, five pedestrians have been killed. I've directed my officers to enhance enforcement around drivers and pedestrians … [Read more...]

Vancouver police nab lots of drunk drivers in holiday DUI campaign

The numbers are in from the first weekend of the Vancouver police counter attack and they're not good. Last Friday and Saturday officers pulled 60 impared drivers off the road. Constable Brian Montague says that's up from 45 last year. Montague says also disturbing is among those they nabbed were 8 new driver sporting the novice 'N' sticker on … [Read more...]

Two high speed drivers lose cars

Two drivers with lead feet have been caught excessively speeding in Richmond. A 27-year old man was clocked driving his 2002 Acura 3.2-TL at 190 kilometres per hour in an 80km zone. His car's been impounded 30 days because he refused to give police a breath sample. A 24-year old woman driving a 2012 Honda Civic has also lost her car for seven … [Read more...]

Victoria bus drivers could soon strike

The labour dispute between unionized bus drivers and BC Transit continues in Victoria, but there won't be a work stoppage for the next two days. Ben Williams, President of Canadian Auto Workers Local 3-33, says his union is willing to stop the busses if its employer won't negotiate, but not yet, "Any disruption that would actually disrupt service … [Read more...]