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#6761 Nparker

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Posted 10 January 2022 - 09:01 AM

That's 3 more cops than there should be. I am done with my tax dollars being spent to keep protestors safe, while I have to dodge unpredictable junkies and crazies every time I step foot outside.



#6762 Sparky

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Posted 10 January 2022 - 09:02 AM

They must be night shift workers in order to have their mornings free.

#6763 Nparker

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Posted 10 January 2022 - 09:14 AM

They must be night shift workers in order to have their mornings free.

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#6764 Mike K.

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Posted 10 January 2022 - 11:51 AM

Seven protestors have been arrested for mischief and the road has reopened.
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#6765 LJ

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Posted 10 January 2022 - 07:59 PM

I don't understand the time delay, send the wagons out and scoop them up immediately.

 

That way they would have minimal impact and might stop with the idiotic protesting.


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#6766 pontcanna

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Posted 14 January 2022 - 08:20 AM

What to do if you witness a bad traffic crash
  • Times Colonist
  • 14 Jan 2022
  • JOHN DUCKER

The dashcam footage from Blanshard and Bay of a pedestrian being struck by a car back on Dec. 30th is a shocker. It’s one thing to hear or read about these terrible moments, it’s another thing to see it up close and for real on video. The unambiguousness of videos like this surely means they will become standard equipment on all new vehicles in the near future.

 

But despite their growing popularity and other advances in automobile tech such as GPS tracking and black box readouts, there will always be a need for effective citizen witnesses to traffic incidents.

 

Have you ever thought about it? What do I do when a motor vehicle catastrophe happens right in front of me? As a good citizen and driver, your response can be vital. Here are some basics:

 

Morehttps://www.timescol...ccident-4952045

 

 



#6767 pontcanna

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Posted 21 January 2022 - 05:10 AM

How to avoid sparking rage on the road
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  • 21 Jan 2022
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DARREN STONE, TIMES COLONIST

Road rage is a spectre of modern day driving. Its shadow can make us both a perpetrator or a victim, depending on the day. We’re all human, so there’s no escaping its pall. But as good drivers and better citizens, it’s our job to limit road rage incidents down to negligibility.

Road rage can lead to motor vehicle or criminal charges, civil suits, injury, even death or worst of all, everlasting Youtube infamy.

 

Why does it happen? I’m not qualified to discuss the psychology, but as a layman who’s been driving for 40-plus years, here’s my take.

 

Anonymity: How different would the social media world be if right after you pushed “enter” your name, address and phone number popped up inside that post? Facebook would have gone out of business 10 years ago. Inside a car people feel the same way. They’re responding to the actions of someone they’ll probably never see again. That belief in being unrecognizable emboldens actions like honking, fingering or yelling.

 

Displaced anger: Many people out there are just angry to begin with. They’ve lost a loved one or a job, had a domestic dispute, are being bullied, they’re drunk or sobering up. Basically there’s a chip on the shoulder, sometimes a permanent one. Your driving action is the spark causing them to blow.

 

Entitlement: “I’m the best driver on the road. Just ask me.” People see other’s mistakes on the road as idiocy or incompetence, made by a lesser driver, well below their own standards. They may also falsely perceive inadvertent acts as intentional ones. Some entitled drivers suffer from the very dangerous illusion that aggressive retaliation driving on their part puts them back in control. Aggression, coupled with the illusion of re-attaining control, causes loss of judgment, loss of overall road perception and loss of cognition. It becomes one of the most dangerous situations we can face on the road.

 

So how do we avoid being the spark that sets off road rage behaviour?

 

Morehttps://www.timescol...ncident-4977740

 



#6768 pontcanna

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Posted Yesterday, 07:30 AM

Driver trapped in truck after hitting power pole
  • Times Colonist
  • 25 Jan 2022
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The base of a utility pole was sheared off when it was struck by a pickup on Burnside Road West on Sunday. The driver was trapped inside by the active wires, but did not appear to be seriously injured, Saanich police said.

 

Saanich police say a suspected impaired driver was lucky to walk away without serious injuries Sunday after his truck struck a utility pole, which then landed on the vehicle’s windshield.

 

Wires were stretched across the vehicle when police arrived to Burnside Road West just after 4:20 p.m.

 

The driver was trapped inside the truck and it took Saanich firefighters close to two hours to free him.

 

Burnside between Marigold Road and Wilkinson Road was closed while they worked.

 

Several of the wires attached to the pole carried thousands of volts of electricity, police said.

 

The driver failed a roadside breath test, was given a 90-day driving prohibition and the truck was impounded.

 

The road was reopened as of 7:45 p.m.

 

 



#6769 pontcanna

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Posted Today, 04:01 AM

Coast Guard, Ahousaht rescue passengers after water taxi hits rocks

 

Four people were sent to hospital with serious injuries after a Tofino water taxi hit rocks in foggy conditions on Tuesday. The vessel was headed to Flores Island and the Ahousaht First Nation when the crash occurred off Catface Mountain.
 
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Four people were sent to hospital with serious injuries after a Tofino water taxi hit rocks in foggy conditions on Tuesday.

The vessel was headed to Flores Island and the Ahousaht First Nation when the crash occured off Catface Mountain.

Paul Nixon, officer in charge of Tofino’s Canadian Coast Guard station, said the male driver of the taxi and three female passengers suffered “significant injuries,” including “multiple broken bones.” Another passenger was treated at the scene for cuts and bruises. A total of six people were on board.

“The injured were triaged on site, given first aid and transported to docks,” Nixon said. An ambulance took the injured from Tofino’s First Street dock to Tofino Hospital. They were later transported to Victoria General Hospital.

B.C. Emergency Health Services said two of the injured were in serious condition Tuesday afternoon, and the other two were in stable condition.
 
 


 



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