How Does Marijuana Impact Your Driving?

Cases of drug-impaired driving are rising across the country, just as the Canadian Federal Government is about to legalize marijuana distribution and consumption next year. The Government recently introduced new impaired driving legislation, which aims to increase the punishment for driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, as we discussed in our last post. But what effect does marijuana really have on our ability to operate a vehicle? Continue reading

Why Are There More Traffic Accidents After Daylight Savings?

Everyone hates “spring forward”. Not only do we lose an hour of sleep, but also a precious hour of morning light at a time of year when we desperately need more vitamin D. But the loss of some morning rays isn’t the only change we experience; some claims about the ripple effects of daylight savings can border on the legendary. You can find reports about everything from an increased rate of heart attacks to more time spent surfing the Web during work hours in the days following daylight savings. Continue reading

Technology Progress And Seatbelt Laws in the 1980s

As technology inevitably progresses forward, the law tries to keep up. In the auto world, self-driving cars have already been designed and are currently being tested. This introduces a whole new wave of safety and insurance risks, as well as questions related to our own autonomy. What should the vehicle “choose” should it find itself in a situation where it will either hit a pedestrian, or crash into a barrier wall, killing the passenger? Continue reading

Marijuana and Impaired Driving Legislation: What You Need to Know

The Canadian Federal Government recently introduced new impaired driving legislation to partner the cannabis legalization bill, expected to come into effect mid-2018. At face value the new changes to impaired driving laws are fairly straightforward, introducing harsher punishments for driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. However there are some details that deserve a closer read. Continue reading

What Should You Have In A Car Emergency Kit?

Many of us don’t think about having a car emergency kit. It’s one of those things we don’t need until one dark evening when we find ourselves stranded on the side of an empty road. Especially in Canada, where it is not unusual to end up in a bad situation in the dead of winter, it’s good to have a kit passively in the trunk that you have on hand should you need it.

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Are Parking Lots No-Fault Zones?

Driving through a busy parking lot feels like a disaster waiting to happen, and invokes the kind of road rage that makes you want to abandon your car right there in the lane and run away screaming. With parents, kids, strollers, dogs, and elderly people wandering down the lanes, partnered in a confined space with drivers that want to go really fast, drivers that seem frankly terrified of doing anything at more than 5km/hr, and those drivers (you know the ones) that come to a full stop and put on their hazard lights in the middle of the road, parking lots are home to some of the slowest-motion traffic accidents you can experience. Continue reading

Are Hands-Free Phones Safer Than Hand-Held While Driving?

By now, we all know that talking and texting on a cell phone while driving is dangerous, but using a hands-free device like a Bluetooth is a whole other story. Hands-free devices give us back both hands to work with, but are they really all that safer? Mythbusters answered this question during an episode dedicated to dangerous driving. They conducted their test by hooking a 360-degree virtual driving simulator up to a real car at Stanford University and populating the virtual world with realistic hazards like pedestrians, bicycles, and dogs. Continue reading

Responding to Stationary Emergency Vehicles on the Road

emergency vehicle The Move Over law was enacted across Canadian provinces in order to better protect emergency workers after they pull over on the shoulder of a road in response to a traffic collision or related emergency. Once emergency vehicles are stationary and the workers are outside their vehicles (this includes police, fire fighters, EMTs, paramedics, and tow truck drivers in Alberta), they are dangerously exposed to the traffic still driving by the scene. Continue reading

What is the Law for Drinking and Boating?

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As winter ends and Canada heats back up to a reasonable temperature, many Canadians flock to the water to bask in the often short-lived summer heat. There are tons of boating possibilities across the country’s numerous lakes, from renting a houseboat with friends, to fishing, to hopping in a neighbour’s motorboat for a ride.

This is a time to socialize and let the cares of the world drift away, a ritual that often includes a few cold drinks on a boat deck. It’s important to note that in Canada, operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a criminal offence. Continue reading