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by ditchMD
Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:42 am
Forum: Careless Driving
Topic: Careless Driving - For Running Stop Signs on a Bicycle
replies: 5
views: 1093

Re: Careless Driving - For Running Stop Signs on a Bicycle

Your post made me wonder when the HTA section that qualifies bicycles as vehicles was written. IMHO, this is an outdated definition from the days where cyclists were considered a menace to the majority of folks on the move since they either walked or used a horse and buggy.
by ditchMD
Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:29 am
Forum: General Talk
Topic: Clarification re: s.199 Failing to Report
replies: 3
views: 687

Re: Clarification re: s.199 Failing to Report

I knew that I must've learnt a thing or two here. Thanks for the reaffirmation, Stanton.
by ditchMD
Sat Mar 24, 2012 7:32 am
Forum: General Talk
Topic: Clarification re: s.199 Failing to Report
replies: 3
views: 687

Clarification re: s.199 Failing to Report

This is in regards to an incident involving a colleague of mine. He was driving the emergency vehicle with the warning systems of activated, driving at about 55km/h on a snow covered country road that has multiple bends. Upon coming out of a particular sharp bend, a woman was standing in the roadway...
by ditchMD
Fri Jul 01, 2011 8:42 am
Forum: General Talk
Topic: Emergency vehicles
replies: 15
views: 3258

Re: Emergency vehicles

I wish that the HTA would direct drivers to always move right, regardless if on a 2, 4, or 6 lane road. When driving code 4 (lights/siren), we always use the left lane unless blocked by stopped traffic. When drivers move left on multi-lane roadways, I find myself stuck behind them because 1) there i...
by ditchMD
Mon May 16, 2011 9:03 pm
Forum: Failing to obey a stop sign, traffic control stop/slow sign, traffic light or railway crossing signal
Topic: Petition to change HTA136 (1)(A)Failure to Stop at Stop Sign
replies: 6
views: 1037

Re: Petition to change HTA136 (1)(A)Failure to Stop at Stop

Instead of petetioning to have the wording of the offence changed or create a new HTA offence, you should petition your municipality to replace unnecessary stop signs with yields. It seems to be somewhat of an epidemic in North America to put 4-way stops at almost all intersections regardless of tra...
by ditchMD
Wed Jan 19, 2011 2:00 am
Forum: General Talk
Topic: Utility Trailer Plate
replies: 5
views: 14233

Re: Utility Trailer Plate

Trailers have ownership papers? Whodda known.....
by ditchMD
Tue Aug 03, 2010 1:07 am
Forum: General Talk
Topic: Plate stickers
replies: 7
views: 3477

Simon Borys wrote: municipal services don't.
Then why would municipal fire departments have them? Must be the work of the IAFF....
by ditchMD
Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:35 am
Forum: General Talk
Topic: Plate stickers
replies: 7
views: 3477

I've always had a question regarding the yellow and black validation tags. Which vehicles/agencies qualify for their use? OPP has them, but not municipal police, Fire Depts use them, but not EMS....
by ditchMD
Thu Apr 08, 2010 11:37 am
Forum: General Talk
Topic: Driver's lack of diligence = ....
replies: 2
views: 393

Driver's lack of diligence = ....

This PSA shows why diligence is of utmost importance while driving. If one visits http://www.ourboots.ca/ and clicks on EMS, one can see the devastating impact of a driver who fails to pay attention. Sadly, this occurs more often than I ever imagined. Maybe we should have dash cams in ambulances and...
by ditchMD
Mon Mar 01, 2010 3:12 pm
Forum: General Talk
Topic: Lights + siren = Pull over and stop
replies: 2
views: 1317

Re: Lights + siren = Pull over and stop

sad thing is... the ambulance driver probably got charged. :roll: What RI meant to say was the "driver of the ambulance", not the ambulance driver. They've gone the way of dinosaurs and the dodo bird! Althought I know what you mean, I'm anal about that. Truth is we rarely come to a full and complet...
by ditchMD
Wed Jan 27, 2010 3:34 am
Forum: General Talk
Topic: Senior Driver's Conditional Licence?
replies: 6
views: 550

:shock: :?: Seems like some Southern Ontarian has forgotten that the land north of Barrie is actually inhabited. For example, according to the MTO's official map (http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/map/images/pdf/southont/sheets/Map5.pdf, N24-N25), a senior living on route 12 near Twelve Mil...
by ditchMD
Wed Jan 27, 2010 3:16 am
Forum: General Talk
Topic: Pedestrian deaths spike in GTA
replies: 20
views: 1257

I'd be curious to know how much of a role regulation, read over-regulation, plays in this scenario. I'm not suggesting that rules are a bad thing, but too much of a good thing isn't, well, good. If we think about it, based on me experiences in the GTA, drivers are constantly looking to find out whic...
by ditchMD
Sun Dec 20, 2009 11:01 pm
Forum: General Talk
Topic: Here's a good one
replies: 9
views: 711

Motorists are slow to react when we're behind them. Or they'll simply pull over to the left into the centre turning lane as I am overtaking them in that same lane...I was once voluntold by a female driver (as in forced) to test a rig's braking system that way and then she gave me a "what are you doi...
by ditchMD
Sun Dec 20, 2009 6:44 am
Forum: General Talk
Topic: blue lights
replies: 6
views: 1205

The recognition of blue worldwide is a valid point. Nonetheless, if they were serious about safety, and because red is best for day and blue for night, it should apply to all services.... don't think it'll happen thought...
by ditchMD
Sat Dec 19, 2009 8:44 pm
Forum: General Talk
Topic: Here's a good one
replies: 9
views: 711

Earlier today I watched a police cruiser, lights & siren going, roaring down Victoria Park with a fire truck in tow. Okay, no issue... except TWO cars were hitching a high-speed ride behind the fire truck as most of the drivers cleared out of the way. Had several do that to me a few times....then t...

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