what are the rules?

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Today i nearly killed someone

not on purpose mind you but i was so shaken that i was left in a state of shock

after pulling out of my grocery store and accelerating to get home (westbound on robson approaching denman) i will admit i was tired after work and looking forward to getting home. (i live on robson past denamn ) i have a STEADY green light...as i begin to approach the intersection a cyclist cruises through at speed head down pedaling hard. this forces me to make a hard turn left in order to avoid him...only reason i saw him was because he was wearing a bright blue and yellow riding uniform (is that what they are called ) i accelerate to catchup to him in the next block (i had decelerated during my turn so the cyclist was travelling faster) pulling up to him and ask why he felt he had to run the red light ...no swearing no name calling just that. he responds why did i care? i was turning left?....i respond no i was going straight ...that was a intersection and a red light, to which he responded mind your own !@#$% business before you get hurt... for the record age is late 30's build 150-170lb range i then got upset and a few bad thoughts crossed my mind so i pulled over rather then continue.

there needs to be a serious discussion in this city between BOTH bikers and drivers so that everyone understands the rules of the road and how to safely use the cities streets otherwise i fear that there will be a fatality very soon.

it isnt just the bikers life that is at risk (i had to pull over and stop for about 10 minutes) but pedestrians could have been crossing the street and i honestly didnt have time to check before pulling my maneuver...everyone's life is at risk when someone makes a dangerous maneuver… that goes for both cyclists and motorists alike.

vent over thank you VUL for having a forum

There are road fatalities nearly every day in Vancouver. Typically it's automobile users killing each other. Any efforts to educate regarding the rules of the road should focus on the big problem areas first, which is curbing dangerous driving.

Using an isolated incident (even one as mind-bogglingly stupid as this one) as the guide for road safety efforts has the very real danger of focusing on the unusual and infrequent over the common and commonplace.

The first steps in reducing fatalities are pretty simple. Reduce speed limits to 30 kmh in residential areas and take a close look at where our policing resources go. It would be a real shame if our roads are so dangerous because of a lack of enforcement... because the police are too busy dealing with the 'war on drugs'.

RCMP PRESS RELEASE

Lower Mainland District: Counterattack stats show police continue to nab impaired drivers

RCMP officers across the Lower Mainland were out in force over the holiday season – stopping impaired drivers in higher numbers than the previous year.

From November 1 to January 2*, the RCMP in the Lower Mainland laid a combination of 399 impaired charges, 90-day vehicle impoundments and administrative driving prohibitions, compared to 308 over the same period in 2010.

On November 30, 2011, the BC Supreme Court determined that for those who fail or refuse the roadside screening device, police could no longer issue an Immediate Roadside Prohibition (90-day driving ban) and that police could only issue an administrative driving prohibition, and/or proceed criminally. For those who fall within the warn range, blowing .06-.08, they still face being prohibited from driving for three, seven or 30 days, and their car may be impounded.

“We’re not backing off,” says Superintendent Norm Gaumont, head of Traffic Services for the RCMP in the Lower Mainland. He points out that officers also charged 63 people for refusing to blow from Nov. 1-Jan. 2, compared to 37 last year. “I wonder if people were confused about the Supreme Court decision and what it meant. To set the record straight – refusing to blow remains a Criminal Code offense.”

Those convicted of that offense face the same consequences as those convicted of being impaired, including losing their driving license, having the interlock device put on their vehicle, and taking the expensive Responsible Driver Program.

Other stats from the same time frame show that the RCMP continue to make use of the warn portion of the Immediate Roadside Prohibition legislation. RCMP officers handed out 332 3-day suspensions from Nov.1-Jan. 2, compared to 240 last year during the same time frame.