Posts Tagged ‘laws’

Florida moves to ban fake testicles on vehicles

Senate lawmakers in Florida have voted to ban the fake bull testicles that dangle from the trailer hitches of many trucks and cars throughout the state.

Guy pays Car Impound/Towing Fee with Pennies

Forum Weekly Review November 29

In this weekly segment, we cover the top discussions going on in the automotive forums. These threads may be the most recent hot topics, or epic threads that we just wanted to dig up and feature.

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Why is are streets in Downtown Calgary misaligned?
An interesting question from one of our forumers is resulting in quite a few theories as to why the road network in Downtown Calgary is not “aligned” with the rest of the city. Did the original surveyors make a mistake that led to the entire downtown grid being off axis? or were the roads simply aligned with the CPR tracks that run between 9th and 10th ave?

British Citizens Spared From Jail Time for Pre Marital Sex In Dubai
It is great to read about events like this from around the world. In Dubai, sexual intercourse outside of wedlock is against the law as is any public display of affection. Two British citizens that met at a party in Dubai quickly found out that sex on the beach is definitely a display of affection! They were original sentenced to three months in jail but were recently spared the jail time when a judge in appeals court suspended their sentence. Should foreigners/tourists be subjected to jail time for local laws? What about countries like Canada that often rewrite their laws to cater to immigrants?

Birthday Wishes To Our Most Popular Moderator Evar!
Zephyr, our most popular moderator (especially with male n00bs) turns 22 today. Join the Happy Birthday thread and send your birthday wishes but please try not to hit on her (even moderators have PM inbox limits). Happy Birthday!

Banned: Smoking In Cars With Kids Under 16

Smoking with kids in carOntario has joined British Columbia and Nova Scotia in banning smoking in vehicles carrying kids under the age of 16. The offense carries a maximum fine of $250. Critics of the ban argue that this is just another step towards banning smoking in private residences but the Government claims it has no plans under consideration. While Ontario has introduced controversial laws in the past, most are supportive of this one as it is hard to argue against it.

Smoking in Ontario workplaces and public areas, such as bars and restaurants, is already illegal in Ontario, but the new ban will provide an additional level of protection to children under the age of 16 , said Health Promotion Minister Margarett Best.

Other provinces that are also considering similar bans are Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. Alberta, which banned smoking in all public areas is not considering extending the ban to vehicles with children.

I find it a shame that we need legislation to control every aspect of our lives and that common sense cannot dictate what we do. Seriously, do we need a law that says when we are driving young kids around that we should not smoke and force them to breathe in all that smoke? Lets ignore the health hazards for a moment. Do we want our kids to smell like cigarette smoke? When I see news articles like the one below I get reminded that, yes we do need these laws.

Do we really need smoking laws?

Do It Yourself Towing

Tow trucks are too expensive! I’ve got a chain and a buddy to do the steering and brakes, so we’ll just drag that broken down vehicle home and fix it ourselves. Think of the money we’ll save doing it this way.

As long as you don’t get caught or cause a crash, it might be the cheap way to do things all right. But if you do get caught, count on receiving a ticket and then paying the towing bill on top of that. The chain is a good for pulling a vehicle out of the ditch, or pulling a disabled vehicle to the side of the road, but its use ends there. A tow truck, tow bar or trailer is the only answer from then on unless you can do the repair and then drive it away.

The biggest problem with using a chain, cable or rope to tow a vehicle is the chance of having to make a quick stop causing the two vehicles to crash together. A proper tow bar will hold the vehicles apart and provide control over the combination.

It is almost impossible to maintain a constant tension in the connection between the two vehicles. The sudden forces involved in taking up slack may snap the connection causing more unintended consequences.

Let’s consider brakes on the towed vehicle as well. Since the law considers the vehicle to be a trailer in these circumstances, if it weighs more than 50% of the net weight of the towing vehicle or more than 1400 kg., brakes are required. These brakes must be self applying or operated by the driver of the towing vehicle.

Hmmm, maybe a tow truck is not so expensive after all.

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Coloured Lights

The lights that our vehicle is equipped with serve two important functions. They allow us to see and they allow us to be seen by other road users. The messages conveyed to others by our vehicle’s lights must be clear with no opportunity for confusion.

For most of us, three colours of lights are allowed to be used. Generally, you will see white and yellow to the front and red to the rear of the vehicle. With the exception of yellow signal and white backup lights on the rear, this is a standard configuration.

The standard allows us to decide what view of a vehicle we have and how wide, high or long it is. If we see white and yellow, we should be looking at the front of a vehicle. If red, it should be the rear. If we are looking at the side, the side marker lights allow us to decide if the vehicle is facing to our left or right. Properly installed clearance and identification lights tell us dimensional information.

Lights used as a decoration have no place on our highways. Colours other than white, red and yellow are generally forbidden for the average vehicle. All lights must serve the purposes set out in Division 4 of the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations. These regulations specify colour, placement and lamp type. Anything else may confuse other drivers, and confusion may result in a collision.

All lights not specifically permitted to be used in Division 4 are considered to be “off road” lights. If you choose to install them, they must be covered by an opaque cover at all times when the vehicle is on the road. This applies if the vehicle is being driven or is parked.

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Is It an Emergency Vehicle?

I was recently told a story by driver who stopped at an intersection and when checking for cross traffic was surprised to find a truck laying on the drivers side a short distance away. This driver assessed the situation and concluded that it had happened within the last few moments, a number of people had stopped to help and it appeared that the driver was out and shaken but unhurt. He turned right and drove away from the scene.

As he accelerated, he noticed another vehicle that was overtaking him rapidly headlights flashing and the driver gesticulating wildly. When the overtaking driver began to tailgate him closely and continue to flash the headlights he decided that discretion was the better part of valor and pulled over to let the vehicle past.

The agitated driver sped off and within a couple of blocks pulled into the fire department parking lot. He was medical first response for the pickup rollover! He was also driving his personal vehicle as if it were an emergency vehicle and he was wrong to do this. Not only did he confuse other traffic, had he caused a collision he might find that his insurance would not cover his vehicle for this use.

The only way this volunteer firefighter is authorized to disregard the rules of the road is when he is showing a flashing red light and sounding a siren. Otherwise, he must follow the road rules just the same way you and I are required to, emergency or not.

I admire our firefighters for the job that they do, but I worry when I hear stories like this. Everyone was at risk for a situation that did not require it. Of course, he could not know this, but I wonder if anyone told him what I was told when I started my job as a police officer: “you can’t help if you don’t get there.”

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Left Turn Onto Multi-Laned Streets

Not many people adhere to the rule of going into the left lane after a left turn at an intersection – instead they tend to drift across to the curb lane. Should a driver approaching the intersection from the opposite direction and turning right at that place cede right of way to the left-turner? Who would be in the wrong? Common sense suggests that the right-turner give way, even though they could be in the right.

Seems simple, doesn’t it? I often wonder why a lot of drivers have so much difficulty turning left correctly as they only have to remember three things; stay to the right of the center line as you enter the intersection, turn left to the left of the center of the intersection and leave the intersection to the right of the centerline, entering the first available lane for the direction of travel.

Of course, we could complicate the issue by adding another step. That would be properly signaling their intention as they approach the intersection.

The right turn driver that you speak of must turn right as closely as practicable to the curb or right hand edge of the roadway. They tend to forget this too and stray over to the left lane. It’s a wonder that we don’t see more crashes as everyone leaves the intersection.

Who yields to whom is more difficult to answer as it depends how long the left turn vehicle has been present. If the driver has yielded to immediate oncoming traffic and given the proper signal, other oncoming traffic must yield and allow the left turn. This would include our right hand turn driver described in the question.

Finally, if either driver wants to make use of the adjacent lane after finishing the turn properly, they must make a lane change.

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