The other thread is from yesterdays Vancouver Sun.
The article below is out of this mornings Province. May Is Motorcycle Awareness Month was started to let automobile drivers know that bikes are back in full force on the road and to look twice. Best laid plans gone bad! I will speak to John van Dongen personally tomorrow on the MLA ride about this. Oh, and interestingly enough he will be reading the Proclamation.
Anti-speeding blitz launched
Month-long crackdown on motorcyclists begins campaign
BY SUSAN LAZARUK
Police launched an anti-speeding campaign yesterday with a month-long crackdown aimed at motorcyclists.
In the past 10 years, motorcycle fatalities have jumped 100 per cent, said RCMP Insp. Norm Gaumont. “Since 2002, there’s been a 40-per-cent increase in fatalities involving motorcycles,” he said. “We’re going to target motorcycles. If you’re speeding, we’re going to pull you over.”
But he acknowledged that speeding motorcycles don’t always stop for police and officers won’t give chase because of the potential danger.
RCMP, along with ICBC and Solicitor-General John van Dongen, launched the $800,000 campaign. It will include increased enforcement; using speed-reader boards to show drivers their speed; and new TV commercials, which try to impress upon drivers that carelessness can kill.
“These crashes are preventable,” said van Dongen.
The collisions are caused by impaired, reckless and distracted driving, and by drivers failing to yield, tailgating and unsafe passing and speeding.
Speeding is one of the biggest factors in crashes. About 5,200 people were injured in 8,200 speed-related crashes in 2006.
Van Dongen noted British Columbians are four times more likely to die on the road than by homicide.
He also said amendments to legislation designed to allow the province to permanently confiscate vehicles through civil forfeiture were introduced three weeks ago.
When passed, they will allow police to confiscate the car of an impaired driver if the driving offence was capable of causing serious injury or death even if no one was hurt or killed.
“It’s an additional tool for the police,” said van Dongen.
He said a car could be forfeited for one offence, but that decision would be up to police, the office of the civil forfeiture and a judge.