I've been discussing an idea with a few people, and I wanted to bring this up on BCSB, since people here tend to be quite mindful of lousy drivers.
I live on the intersection of two one-way streets in downtown Vancouver. I've noticed that very likely more than 75% of motorists in Vancouver are unaware that you can turn left onto a one-way street, even at a red. I've seen how much the ignorance of this one law alone creates congestion in the city. I've asked around and most of my non-driving-enthusiast friends didn't know about it. The problem here isn't that they're idiots (mostly), but because there's no way for them to know that, unless they actively went out to look it up. It wasn't likely to have come up on the driving test, and if it did, they likely wouldn't have failed because of it. And once they finish the test, they can go 60 years without ever hearing a word about it. This isn't the only rule that many people are unaware of. I'm sure we all know of a few other rules that we see people breaking all the time. <br><br>We've talked about this hundreds of times on this site, mainly about how the police focus so much on speed, even though statistics show it's bad driving that's really the problem.
It's obvious that ICBC is fine with spending millions on signage with inane content. People are always being reminded not to drink and drive (because if they don't remind us every 20 minutes, we'll forget), that "Speed Kills", despite research showing it's far from being that simple, and of course of the meaningless command to "Drive Safe". I know what driving safe means to many Vancouverites. It means merging ultra slowly, holding up 100 people behind you, even when there's space for you and there's nowhere else to go. It means suddenly slowing your $60,000 sports sedan to 30 when turning any sort of corner, lest it burst into flames and roll under the intense g-forces of going any faster. It means stopping fully before turning right on a green light, for no reason, of stopping to check over your shoulder one more time even after you're far enough into an intersection or on-ramp that you would have already been hit if there was a car coming.
I have spoken to a CTV reporter who might be interested in doing a story about the lack of common knowledge about certain driving rules in BC, and I'm hoping this might be a good start to maybe convincing ICBC or some agency in the province to run a campaign to promote awareness of road rules. Does anyone have ideas of who to contact, which agency might be able to help, who has experience with this kind of thing?