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Winter Pedestrian Safety Tips

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…
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External Airbags Hug Pedestrians

Google recently acquired a US patent that suggests their new self-driving cars will have external airbags to protect passengers. The airbags would deploy when car sensors detected an immediate vehicle-pedestrian collision. Unlike traditional airbags that push people away, Google’s airbags would cushion pedestrians with a memory-foam like substance. Traditional airbags send pedestrians flying causing injury…
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New Year’s Resolutions to Keep

                                Start off the New Year with Resolutions for a safer 2015: I will not use my mobile device while driving: It’s time to put your phone down while driving. No message is more important than someone’s life. I will…
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Put Pedestrians First

A pedestrian advocacy group says more needs to be done to protect pedestrians. According to The Province, five elderly people were struck while crossing at marked intersections between November 23 and December 3. Four of those pedestrians were hit by vehicles making left-hand turns and one by a vehicle driving straight. According to a Coroners…
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Pedviz: Be Reflective. Be Safe. Be Seen.

Jane Macdougall, a mother, journalist and Vancouverite, is the founder of Pedviz, a fashionable line of reflective items to help make people more visible on the streets. According to The Vancouver Sun, Jane was motivated to help others walk safely when her sister-in-law, Rosalinda, was hit by a car while crossing at a well-lit crosswalk.…
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Dangerous Season Ahead for Pedestrians

Last month I wrote about how 2014 has been the safest year on record for pedestrians in Vancouver. With darker, rainier days ahead, this could soon change. According to ICBC, pedestrian-related collisions increase by 76 percent between November and January. In Vancouver, there were 30,066 reported collisions involving pedestrians between 2005 and 2010, an average of 511…
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Owners Liable if Dog Escapes

Rocky is an 89 pound Doberman. One day, he escapes his owners’ enclosed yard and bolts towards a 61 year-old cyclist, knocking him from his bike. The cyclist suffers injuries including broken ribs and a fractured clavicle. Due to his injuries, the cyclist is unable to work for several months. Prior to the incident, Rocky…
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