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Distracted driving fines in BC
August 2, 2016
Higher Fines for Distracted Driving
On June 1, BC introduced harsher penalties for distracted driving. Are they working? Initial reports from the Vancouver Police Department show that fewer distracted driving tickets were issued in June 2016 than in the previous year – but only by 14%. Not exactly a ringing endorsement. Distracted driving can kill, but it can also hurt…
biking Granville Island
July 29, 2016
Curbing Bike Theft
After a nice long bike ride, you pop into a café to grab a quick coffee. You lock your bike, order a latte, and head back outside. Your bike is gone! Someone has cut your lock and stolen your wheels. Bike theft is a big problem in Vancouver. Police say on average nine bikes are…
swim safety for kids
July 26, 2016
Swim Safety for Kids
Last one in is a rotten egg! Summer’s here and there’s nothing like a dip in the water to cool off on a hot day. But whether it’s at a local lake or a backyard pool, a drowning tragedy can happen in seconds. Parents and kids need to remember that when it comes to water…
Don't text and walk
July 21, 2016
Ban on Texting and Walking?
You know you’ve done it. You’re walking down a busy street, your phone bings, so you pull it out to look. A text, a notification from social media, a calendar reminder – you have to know! Your attention focuses on the phone and you bump into another pedestrian. While that may seem harmless or maybe…
driving drowsy
July 19, 2016
Drowsy Driving
Some days, there’s just not enough coffee in the world to keep you awake. While it may lead to awkward moments of yawning at work or nodding off during dinner conversation, fatigue is a much more serious matter once you start thinking about getting behind the wheel of a car. The Canadian Council of Motor…
pokemon go accidents
July 14, 2016
Stop, Drop, and Pokemon Go?
Pokemon Go is all the rage. The augmented reality game has taken off around the world with people tracking down “Poke Stops” and collecting Pokemon characters on their smartphones. But it has come with some undesired, even dangerous side effects. Combining a video game with a real-world scavenger hunt, the objective is to get out…
boat safety British Columbia
July 8, 2016
Anchors Away on Boating Safety
Feeling the mist and breeze on your face can be one of life’s great pleasures. We are naturally drawn to the water and boating is one of our favourite summer pastimes. Here in BC, we’re especially fond of the boating life. From the vast ocean to our countless rivers and lakes, we have plenty of…
Furniture Safety Children
July 6, 2016
Dangers of Falling Furniture
There is something in your home posing a great risk to your children and their safety and you may not even be giving it a second thought. Furniture tip-overs are a common occurrence, resulting in some very serious injuries, even death. In the US, the Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that each year, 8,000 to…
Rowan's Law Protects Young Athletes
June 16, 2016
Ontario Introduces “Rowan’s Law”
Rowan Stringer was a 17-year-old Ottawa girl described as bright, energetic, and curious. She was equally passionate about rugby. But something happened to Rowan on the playing field that should never happen to any kid. In 2013, she sustained a series of concussions and died as a result of her brain injuries. It’s a devastating…
Bike Safety Mountain
June 14, 2016
Mountain Biking “Shred Safe” Campaign
When you live in a land of mountains and active people as we do in British Columbia, you’re going to find a lot of mountain bikers. Unfortunately, that also means there will be a few accidents and injuries along the path. Reducing injuries is what the Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) “Shred Safe” campaign is all…