Tips, Talk and Insight from the Slater Vecchio Team

Winter Pedestrian Safety Tips

pedestrian safetyOn average, one person is struck by a vehicle every day in Vancouver. Pedestrians are the most vulnerable users of the road. Shorter days and winter weather conditions increase pedestrian danger.

Keep these safety tips in mind when walking

1. Pay attention to your surroundings and be ready for unexpected events. Don’t allow your vision to be blocked by clothing or hats and always watch for turning cars.

2. Obey all traffic laws. Always cross the street at a designated crosswalk or intersection.

3. Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street and clearly show you intend to cross. Never assume a driver has seen you. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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Don’t Be a Left Lane Blocker

left lane driverLoitering in the left lane may result in a $167 fine and three driver penalty points. According to The Vancouver Sun, the BC government’s new keep-right-except-to-pass legislation came into effect in June 2015.

Some drivers incorrectly think it’s okay to drive in the left lane as long as they are travelling at or close to the speed limit according to DriveSmartBC.

Police can ticket drivers who don’t use the left lane for either passing, allowing traffic to merge or preparing for a turn. The rules apply to highways with a speed limit more than 80 km/hour. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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Leave the Phone Alone While Driving

bc drivers and safetyAccording to The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA), five people die in vehicle crashes on Canada’s roads every day. In BC, seven people die and 50 are hospitalized.

November 18, 2015 is the National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims. Every year, on the third Wednesday of November, Canadians remember these victims and their loved ones.

Sadly, most people are killed or seriously injured in avoidable crashes.

 How to Raise Road Crash Awareness

 Each year, advocacy groups and organizations committed to road safety in BC collaborate to raise awareness. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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What Happens to Your Brain During a Concussion?

ConcussionAccording to the Sports Concussion Institute, a concussion occurs when the brain moves rapidly inside the skull. The brain is a three-pound organ that floats in cerebral spinal fluid inside the skull. The spinal fluid acts as a shock absorber for minor impacts but it doesn’t provide total protection against concussion.

Concussions are a common injury in BC with young people most likely to be injured. In 2011, Lower Mainland hospitals treated 16,888 people for concussion. The leading cause of these concussions were falls (32.5%), sports and recreational activities (18.0%) and being struck by or against an object (9.4%).

A concussion, which is a form of mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), is caused when the brain is jolted against the inside of the skull. Different areas of the brain move at different speeds resulting in shearing forces that can damage nerve tissue. Concussion victims may lose consciousness due to impaired nerve cells. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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Smart Brake Lights

revolights cycling systemAccording to Transport Canada, 34% of fatally injured Canadian cyclists are killed by vehicles at night. A new bike lighting system designed by Revolights could give night cyclists the visibility that might save their lives.

 The Revolights Lighting System includes

  • Four rings with LEDs, two white and two red, along with a removable rechargeable battery. Two rings are mounted on either side of the front and back wheel rim.
  • An accelerometer-controlled brake light that causes the rear LEDs to rapidly flash when cyclists are slowing down.
  • A smartphone app that provides users with battery life info, a turn signal, speed/distance traveled, and real time weather alerts.


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3,800 Texting on BC Roads Right Now

parents distracted driving9,500 drivers are using smartphones while driving at any given moment in BC. 3,800 drivers are texting and driving. Distracted driving causes 88 deaths each year in BC.

According to an online survey published on, 63% of teens said their parent’s text while driving and 82% of teens said they learn how to drive by copying their parents.

  • 9 % of teens say their parents text and drive multiple times per day;
  • 9 % of teens say their parents text and drive once per day; and
  • 18 % of teens say their parents text and drive occasionally.

BC’s Justice Minister Suzanne Anton says the goal is to make BC’s roads the safest in North America but according to CBC, critics say upcoming changes to BC’s distracted driving laws are too weak and are taking too long. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety TipsHalloween is an exciting time for children. With the distraction of candy and costumes children can easily forget safety tips. Here are some simple tips to keep Halloween a safe night for everyone.


  • Drive slower than usual on residential streets.
  • Don’t pass stopped vehicles.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Look for children at intersections, on medians, and on curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly.
  • Obey traffic regulations.
  • Eliminate distractions inside the car.


  • Teach children not to dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
  • Cross the street at designated crosswalks.
  • Teach children to only enter lit houses.
  • Ensure children under 12 are supervised.
  • If older children will be trick-or-treating without you ensure they are travelling in groups.
  • Consider indoor community centre or local shopping centre Halloween night activities.
  • Check Halloween treats before your children eat them.


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Top 5 Cycling Safety Blog Posts Since 2010

vancouver cyclist tipsThe most popular cycling blog posts from the past five years focus on helmet safety, concussion prevention and cycling innovation.

  1. Helmets Protect, Just Not Against Concussions Sidney Crosby and Junior Seau both received concussions while wearing helmets. Helmets were designed to protect wearers from linear injuries such as when a person hits the ground or ice. Now, sports players are suffering concussions from another player’s shoulder, elbow or hands, which results in an angular, not linear, head injury.
  1. The Rise of the Foldable Bike Helmet Between 2007 and 2012, 68 per cent of riders fatally injured in bike accidents were not wearing a helmet. Folding a helmet, like folding a bike or collapsing an umbrella, makes it easier to carry. The PLIXI helmet, developed by Paris-based engineer Philippe Arrouar, is a great example of a foldable bike helmet.


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3 Bike Safety Tips for Fall and Winter

bike safety tips autumnAccording to the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA), approximately 7,500 cyclists are injured on Canadian streets every year. Cycling is also a leading cause of hospitalization from unintentional injury in Canadian children under the age of 14.

Whether you’re commuting to work or just cycling around your neighbourhood, always be alert, pay attention and plan ahead. Familiarize yourself with applicable traffic laws and follow the following rules.

Ensure Your Bike is Safe

Always make sure your bike is roadworthy prior to your trip. This is especially important for older bicycles. Make sure your brakes are adjusted properly for slicker roads. If you are planning to use your road bike, let a little air out of your tires to increase surface area and traction. Wider tires with tread are ideal for slippery roads. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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World Rugby Concussion Campaign

rugby concussionWorld Rugby is helping raise concussion awareness among Rugby players, coaches and officials at all levels of the game – from the professional level down to school children.

The World Rugby Concussion Management website offers a wide range of head injury and concussion educational resources including interactive modules. Viewers can also test their concussion knowledge online.

Martin Raftery, World Rugby’s Chief Medical Officer, confirmed that any changes to the game will likely focus on tackling as part of an analysis of 900 videos of rugby player concussion incidents. According to CBC News, a young Canadian high school rugby player died this year after two head injuries a few days apart.  READ FULL ARTICLE +

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