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Traffic Congestion

Green lightAmber(yellow) lightRed light

Want to understand how traffic doesn’t move?

This pure display of stupidity, lack of geometry skill, and serious inability to comprehend anything beyond themselves.

Traffic moves in more than one direction from your ego

Green DOES NOT mean GO, it never has


Does this look clear to you? Does the twenty foot car fit on 4” of white paint?

Of course not, its not rocket science its Grade 1 level geometry

A 5 year old could do it

The motorists in these pics are clearly incapable of being as smart as a 5 year old.


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Road Safety

The concept of safety is very simple, and easy to manage if there is no complacency. Sadly in today’s society, there is a whole lot of me, me, me, now, now, now, and far less of do it correctly and safely so as not to have an “accident.”

The term “accident” is incorrectly used for such occurrences. An accident is just that, an unavoidable circumstance, like having a tree fall on your house when lightning struck, or when a baseball hits a window.  A collision is what happens when a vehicle or more than one vehicle crashes. Many things cause that crash, and none of those causes are accidental.

The simple skill of reading a road sign can prevent many of these collisions. The ability to use your eyesight and judge distances properly can prevent them as well. Reducing speed when traffic slows, instead of continuing to fly down an open lane can obviously prevent these as well.

Weather is a common source of complacent attitudes. Morning dew is frequent and very few motorists ever wipe it off, resorting to lazy attitudes of using only wipers or defrost buttons. I blame auto supply stores like Canadian Tire for actually showcasing these attitudes as a reason to buy their product. Let me put this in a general way that’s easy to understand, a rhyming poem.

If your window is not clear, don’t put the car in gear. Wipe it, don’t drive it.

Snow is obviously even worse than dew for this kind of attitude, and far more dangerous, and still used in commercials, which infuriates me. Wiper blades and defrost buttons are not good enough for dew, and are even less effective for snow.  Defrost is to keep an already clear window clear, not to melt frost, ice or snow that still sits on it. Wiper blades should also never be the sole source of snow removal despite commercials by Canadian Tire which enforce this complacent behaviour. There are two things required to clear snow ice and frost, a snowbrush and an ice scraper, requiring elbow grease, and common sense. Far too many motorists attempt to drive (it’s not driving if it’s unsafe) rolling mobile Snowbanks. Far too many stare through horizontal lines of defrost rather than use an ice scraper as an intelligent person would do. Far more rely on wiper blades alone to clear the windshield alone, as though the remaining 75-80% of their vision is not required. This last one is used to sell them at stores like Canadian Tire, which is quite frankly despicable. Snow is not an essential part of a vehicle, so it should be removed from all parts of the car, especially lights which are required more often as darkness comes sooner, and tires as it prevents possible steering with giant salt deposits in fenders. I will stop 3-4 times on my commute home through a snowstorm just to see out of my car, and prevent my lights from being obscured and wheels from getting stuck.

Turning correctly seems to be the most common method of the “me” society attitude that doing things properly and safely don’t matter when I can be lazy and take multiple lanes turning instead of properly signaling each lane one at a time. So these individuals enter right lanes turning left, and left lanes turning right, which has always been 100% wrong. Left and Right are NEVER interchangeable.  One has never equaled Two, or three, or four either. You can be assured that many collisions are caused by this complacent attitude.

Intersections seem to be meaningless to people in rush hour type traffic. Side streets and full intersections complete with traffic lights are meaningless to egotistical motorists that feel traffic must move only in their direction and they must go because the light is green. First off, green never means go, it means proceed if and when the way is clear, and if it’s not clear, you DO NOT proceed. Period.  Geometry is a simple skill that can be mastered by five year olds, yet many motorists inability to comprehend space, shape, and distance required for their vehicles to FIT on the other side of the crossing street seems to amount to rocket science for them. Another poem perhaps?

If you do not fit, do not be a geometrically deficient twit.

Road signs, for many are an annoyance, and an inconvenience, but those people are not drivers. Drivers read them, and are always aware of what’s happening. Lanes ending, lanes merging, lanes turning, not crossing lines, not blocking intersections, construction warnings, speed limits, school zones (far too many speed here), hospitals, police, fire halls (far too many block these), parade routes, road closures, no U-turns, all of these things are necessary information to prevent motorists from being stuck next to a guardrail hoping to merge, parked in the intersection as opposing traffic turns green to aim at them head-on, and more importantly preventing pedestrians and children from getting hit. Never read your cell phone apps. Always read the road signs. Some of those signs are painted arrows on the road itself.

Texting/smart(dumb)phone app-ing should have your license revoked. These supposedly meaningless tasks, which are apparently more important to motorists than whether they live to see the next day, are well documented and proven as being more dangerous than driving drunk. Driving under the influence of alcohol is impaired, texting, phoning without a Bluetooth is impaired, a snow covered, frost covered, dew covered, salt covered, or mud covered vehicle is impaired (truck commercials are bad promoters of this). Eyes on the road, the mirrors, and the road signs, never in your lap, in your hand, or anywhere else that prevents you from seeing what the road ahead may present. A phone belongs at a desk, not on a steering wheel. The big difference is the desk is far less likely to kill you, and more importantly, anyone else who is innocent to your crime.

It’s time people stopped thinking only about themselves as they endanger everyone around them. It’s time auto supply stores like Canadian Tire stop promoting poor motorist activity as a reason to buy their product to keep doing it. Pedestrians are being hit, motorists are causing highways to shut down, and all of these things are preventable. They are no accident. If it means re-testing every time you renew your license, then so be it. There have been many guardrail collisions lately on major highways, it needs to stop.

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Also in store, is  a very informative bumper sticker for tailgaters.

Death of Jackass actor

I did not watch Jackass, nor care to do so, the member of that crowd which decided driving moronic motoring home while intoxicated and sending a twitpic before doing so, was clearly not of a rational mindset. I often scold/yell/demand that some of you refrain from tweet/texting behind the wheel as it is often more dangerous than being drunk. On Twitter I’ve posted videos by TAC and Gwent on the issue, and they are indeed graphic, much like this person’s left over Porsche. I was always the DD in school, when I had a car, they knew I didn’t drink, we stayed safe that way, my LTD also held a lot of people. It wasn’t until after I met my wife that I drank more often, but still never drove under the influence of any more than 1 drink. The legal limit is based one one drink (beer bottle, wine glass, shot of whiskey) for a 185lb man for one hour. As I used to be above that weight one hour was enough. Now I wait longer as my weight has decreased marginally. I’ll switch to cola or other non-alcoholic if I am to drive. Drunk is not the only method of being impaired, drowsy can be too, I pull over as soon as possible if I feel drowsy, usually to get an iced cappuccino, which does a fantastic job of making me alert. Drugs obviously can impair, and the radio ads against that are in force now too.

Some people will miss this person, they have that right, some will say he was stupid, because he was, and they have that right. I have the right to agree with sentiments on both sides, I often see both sides, even if I side more with one, I do not deny the other. It’s ok if you miss this person, and liked their work, and are sad he is dead. Its ok if you think what he did was stupid and he wasted his life. Where were the people that were not drunk, that could have stopped it? Were there any? Are the guys in that pic still alive? Did they let him get in that car? I wouldn’t want to be the one that let him. That would feel like you murdered them yourself.

Yes 34 is young. Younger than I am, younger than you or anyone expects to die. He may not have expected to die, but he was drunk in a Porsche. His chances slimmed considerably when he turned the key, if he was at the wheel. Whoever was at the wheel, should have been stopped. They weren’t. That’s what’s sad.

Because Anyone Can Make A Difference

Many people I’ve come to follow on Twitter are doing this, because many others need the help.

Kit arrived and swabs taken. Wish the people who need it luck.

I want to help too.

Opinion published in New York Times

Clearly the topic of road safety is a very big issue, Sgt. Burrows and I both have opinions published (his is comment 41) on this article of a very sensitive issue.

While this isn’t the newsprint edition, this is still the New York Times.  I hope Oprah is reading this news too.

Toronto Book Awards

Harvey The Happy Helmet’s Illustrated How To Drive Handbook – A Drive By Education  has been entered into this competition. has just interviewed me about my book, my website, and my safety awareness article below regarding pedestrians getting hit by cars. We can expect to see the full interview on their website next week. If you believe in something you have a passion for it. For me that’s driving safety, like music to Simon Cowell, you have to convey the message on how to improve with brutal honesty which is tough love. He’s very good at creating better singers, I hope to create better drivers.

Full interview found here:–self-published-author-enters-toronto-book-awards

Mayor Miller announced short list, sadly I did not make the cut this time around.–miller-announces-finalists-for-2010-toronto-book-awards

Recent Traffic Fatalities of Pedestrians

Though the article below was written in January 2010, it still applies today. People are still getting killed on our roads, pedestrians, or in cars, by snow factors, speed factors, and road conditions. A clock driven society causes people to hurry and not relax. That’s exactly how one person died, late for work. Employers need to to relax time schedules, in at 9:15 leave at 5:15, if 9:00 is not possible on bad weather days, don’t be upset by a delay, at least they arrived alive. That other person did not arrive, because they had this time factor which caused them to do something that ended their life. Safety isn’t just rules, its common sense to protect lives, ignorance of safety causes most of the collisions and fatalities on our streets, re-testing may be the best defense. This city has a lot of ignorance, 1 in 10 people I see commuting even know how to use a turn signal or turn into a proper lane. It’s quite disturbing. Please read on below, again.

Clearly this is a real problem, that just seems to get worse with each passing day. Having taken part in Vaughan’s opening discussion for a Pedestrian Safety Task Force, there were always more than one side to the issue. Pedestrians for the most part were at fault in many of the incidents, crossing against lights or simply in-observant of oncoming traffic. I am not blaming this solely on pedestrians because as my writing would suggest highly, motorists are by no means faultless. I have three books on the sidebar to the right which discuss in many ways what motorists are doing wrong.

On my commute last night no less than a dozen jay walkers crossed my vehicular path as I approached them, or as I sat in traffic waiting for a traffic signal. First off this puts the pedestrian in a location a vehicle would never expect them, in the middle of the road. Crosswalks are life saving areas you should be using. Push that button and add the time to your walk signal, without it, the light system doesn’t know you are there. Vehicles turning at intersections will wait for pedestrians at a crossing because they are visible, they will not see you three or four cars back jay walking. That puts you at a serious risk of getting hit. Lately that means death, not injury. 2-3,000 lbs of metal at speed is very unforgiving of flesh and bone. Motorists can only see so much, especially in darkness, use lighted cross signals to your advantage and safety to protect the life you are presently blessed with.

For the motorists though, turn correctly one lane at a time, and signal in the appropriate direction. Turning left into right lanes or vise-versa with or without a signal does not tell the pedestrians where you are really going, and seriously endangers their ability to stay safe while crossing. In winter you are often impaired by weather, frost, snow, and ice do not allow proper visual acuity to a motorist. Always brush and scrape to fully see what’s around you. Lights, windows, mirrors, roof, trunk, grille, wheel wells and bumpers should always be cleared to prevent you being impaired by them. Yes, snow impairment is equal to being drunk, neither can see clearly. My twitter @s_i_n_s states this in many ways.

Our governments have created a commuter society of roads, where sidewalks and crossings are secondary to moving cars. It is an approach that needs to be modified to accept the reality that pedestrians have rights too. Children and many senior citizens are not driving vehicles, they may take the bus, or they walk. They exist, and they need to be recognized as you are in your vehicle as a potential risk taker to cross in an unsafe location. Eyesight is key to keeping us all safe. Look everywhere.  Pedestrians will always have right of way at signed stops, but are only legally crossing if the walk signal is active in an intersection controlled by light signals. If the hand is flashing or the counter is counting down, and a pedestrian is there, do not speed to beat the light, it may cost more than one life. Missing a light will not end your life, running one could end someone else’s.

School buses are in charge of our greatest resource and achievments, our children. Never pass a school bus running flashing lights. Thier lives depend on it.

City buses are often stopping at intersections on the right side near the corner, wait for them, do not turn right from their left side, and when they are in motion to proceed from the stop, the law dictates you give them right of way. Streetcars have many doors, never block them as it approaches a stop. Their tracks are in the centre of the road so pedestrians must cross traffic lanes to reach a sidewalk. They cannot do that if a vehicle drives past the doors.

Green Lights despite common thought do not mean GO. They mean Proceed If and When The Way is Clear. If it’s not Clear, It’s not When You Proceed. This is true for motorists and pedestrians. Safe passage means you can actually pass the intersection safely. A 20 ft. car does not fit on 4″ of white paint. Yellow means prepare to stop, not speed up more so I get through. Red means stop, and unfortunately in Ontario, it means you may turn right if it’s clear to do so. Many motorists don’t bother to stop first before turning. This is another way our safety is compromised.

Obviously Snow, Ice & Frost are not the only impairments motorists may have, cellphones without blue-tooth and text devices are known distractions, a distraction is very much an impairment, as much or greater than alcohol. Look up for a recent test with members of the press that proves this fact.

Always consider safety when operating a motor vehicle, so it doesn’t become a weapon. Your meeting is never more important than a person’s life. As a motorist you can slow down and make sure pedestrians are not crossing your path. As a pedestrian, you can wait for a clear path that does not have a vehicle at speed heading towards you. Lives are being lost out of pure carelessness. Take the care to realise you are not invincible, and protect yourself from danger.

I could go to greater lengths to discuss this issue, but I’ve tried to keep it brief. My hope is you read this and take it to heart.

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