According to CBC, Reebok-CCM has been told by the Competition Bureau that it cannot claim its hockey helmets prevent concussions. A Virginia Tech study found helmets don’t prevent concussions, though they will protect against skull fractures. Researchers assessed the effectiveness of helmets based on the rotational and linear acceleration that occurs in a concussion or brain injury.

In its warning to Reebok, the Competition Bureau stated the role of helmets and concussion prevention remains unclear. Reebok has agreed to remove concussion safety claims from all marketing material.

How deadly is distracted driving? Do you like playing Russian Roulette with your life? Watch ‘A Game of Chance’ to see how deadly distracted driving is.

In the video, a young driver fires a gun loaded with one bullet at her head each time she becomes distracted.

Do you think this video is too harsh? Think again. According to the Canadian Automobile Association:

Are we endangering our children’s brain health by allowing them to play high-impact contact sports? Researchers are finding that repetitive blows to the head in high-impact contact sports place athletes at risk of permanent brain damage.

While football players are prone to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), caused by repetitive blows to the head. Mayo Clinic scientists recently discovered an increase in brain damage in men who played contact sports as children (Science Daily).

The Mayo study links school contact sports – football, boxing, wrestling, rugby, basketball, and baseball – with the development of CTE. The symptoms of CTE include confusion, memory loss, depression, impaired judgment, aggression and progressive dementia. These symptoms can begin years or even decades after brain trauma.

Want to text and walk? Go to Belgium. Digital Trends says pedestrians using smartphones in the Belgian city of Antwerp are now using dedicated “text walking lanes”

Like The University of Utah and Chongqing in China, the text walking lanes have been painted onto Antwerp’s busiest sidewalks. While this was a clever marketing stunt by a smartphone company, residents now want to keep the lanes.

CTV Vancouver says there are more than 2,700 pedestrian injuries in BC each year, and over 40% of them are because pedestrians ignore traffic signals. Some U.S. cities have started ticketing ‘careless pedestrians’ for looking at their smartphones while crossing the street.

Winter driving presents challenges for BC drivers including slippery roads, limited visibility, and subzero temperatures. Here are some tips to keep you and your family safe this holiday season.

  1. Scrape snow and ice off your vehicle before driving. Frosty windows and snow falling from your roof will limit your visibility. Always remember to clear headlights and taillights before driving.
  2. Install winter tires on your vehicle. Even careful drivers are likely to lose control. According to The Weather Network, all-season tires start to harden and become less effective at 7°C while winter tires only begin to harden around -30°C.
  3. Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle in case you become stranded on the road. Your emergency car kit should contain a first aid kit and food that won’t spoil such as energy bars, bottled water, blankets and clothing. Read our previous post for a complete list of items to include in your emergency car kit.
  4. Slow down while driving. Almost all winter vehicle accidents could be avoided if speed wasn’t a factor. Drive cautiously at a speed to match the conditions.
  5. Be ready to correct for a slide on slippery roads. If the rear end of your car slides during a turn, gently let off on the accelerator and turn your steering wheel in the direction of the slide.

酒驾是愚蠢的。它是危险的。它是违法的。

然而我们还是一直听见关于酒驾的消息。

一篇近期的在《省报》上的文章报道说,素里的一位男士因为在赤列瓦克市(CHILLIWACK)“画龙”驾驶而面临被刑事起诉。当加拿大皇家骑警RCMP的警官迫使这个男人路边停车,这个人手里正握着一瓶打开了的啤酒。更坏的是什么呢?他12岁的儿子正坐在他旁边的副驾的位子上。

根据BC省保险公司ICBC 的数据,在2007年BC 省有128人在设计酒驾的交通事故中丧生。这个数字接近当年全部交通事故丧生人数的三分之一。

关于受伤,近3000的受伤是酒驾导致的交通事故导致的——有些轻伤,有些重伤,有些彻底改变了一些人的命运。

BC省反酒驾团体自1980年早期开始建立。 MADD Canada, 今天最有声望的反酒驾团体,在1990年建立。

Every day in BC, 129 teenagers get their learner’s licence according to ICBC. Car crashes are the leading cause of death among teen drivers. Teen drivers are three times more likely than adults to have an accident. The following tips will help keep your teen driver safe.

  1. Follow the rules of the road and set a good example. ICBC says 29% of parents surveyed believed their teens had picked up a poor driving habit from them. The most common bad habits were speeding, not stopping at stop signs, and impatience.
  2. Enroll your teen in professional driving lessons. Instructors avoid the emotion between parents and teenagers.
  3. Create a driver safety contract between you and your teen. ICBC has a sample family contract you can download. The contract should include responsibilities, expectations, and consequences.

On 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.

Loitering 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.

According 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.