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Distracted driving enforcement is often questionable

In law, sometimes you’ll see cases where it seems almost baffling that a driver was punished for what seems like a very minor offence, or a mistaken case of a crime altogether. In our view, nowhere is this more evident than in the enforcement of BC’s legislation prohibiting the use of electronic devices while driving. The latest available traffic citation figures from ICBC suggest that up to 46,000 drivers in 2015 were penalized for allegedly using an electronic device behind the wheel. The vast majority just paid up, and many undoubtedly ended up serving lengthy driving prohibitions lasting months as a...

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Sacha Roudette interviewed by CTV on cellphone driving numbers

From CTV: A BC law firm is raising serious questions tonight about whether using a cellphone while driving is as deadly as the government makes it out to be. Our Bhinder Sajan reports on the accidents statistics casting doubt on the crackdown:     With distracted driving crashes on BC roads rising, ICBC has been telling us to drop our phones. Linking digital dives to death is a message one law firm now claims is full of hype. Sacha Roudette: It turned out the government had massively exaggerated the data. ICBC stats show 78 people die on average every year in BC in crashes where distraction is a...

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Paul Doroshenko interviewed by Global BC on cellphone driving numbers

From Global BC: Are governments, ICBC and even the police exaggerating the dangers of distracted driving? A Richmond company says its Freedom of Information request has revealed far fewer deaths due to drivers using cellphones behind the wheel than officials claim. Ted Chernecki reports:     Most of us have seen those intersection crackdowns on motorists suspected of using their cellphones while driving. You’ll see one officer here a West Van corporal, now retired, who at the time asked himself what was he doing here, really? Grant Gottegetreu: We’ve been told as traffic officers and police officers, it’s cellphones, right from the brass on down they’re...

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Paul Doroshenko interviewed on CKNW980 on cellphone driving numbers

From CKNW/Global News: A Richmond lawyer says ICBC and the province are greatly exaggerating the number of deaths caused by using an electronic device behind the wheel. According to Paul Doroshenko, BC Coroners stats show that 14 people died from using an electronic device while driving between 2008 and 2016. This after ICBC said last year that 80 people a year were dying from distracted driving. “They lump in people who are staring at their radio, or just drift off not thinking, maybe people who fall asleep, with people with cellphone violations,” said Doroshenko. “Clearly, cellphone violations aren’t the threat they are made out...

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Paul Doroshenko interviewed by News1130 on cellphone driving numbers

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Is our province’s public auto insurer providing us with misleading information about distracted driving and its consequences? A lawyer has new numbers suggesting cell phone use is not as big a factor in road deaths as we’ve been led to believe by ICBC. Just 14 deaths between 2008 and 2016 have been linked to people using electronic devices behind the wheel, according to the BC Coroner’s service — in contrast to ICBC’s website, which says 78 people die due to distracted driving each year. Lawyer Paul Doroshenko with Acumen Law got that information by filing a freedom of information...

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Paul Doroshenko interviewed on CBC Radio’s BC Almanac on cellphone driving

Paul Doroshenko, a lawyer with Acumen Law, and Steve Wallace, a driving instructor and owner of Wallace Driving School, on distracted driving and driver education. David Black, an associate professor at Royal Roads University's School of Communication and Culture, on social media etiquette in light of critical reaction to Alessia Cara's Grammy win. From BC Almanac: Attorney General David Eby has promised changes to ICBC after it was revealed the insurer was facing a $1.3 billion shortfall this fiscal year. While the province consider its options, we want to know how much personal responsibility should drivers take to reduce motor vehicle crashes....

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Roy Ho interviewed by Global News on ride-hailing

Other provinces may have ride-sharing, but B.C. still doesn’t — and that means drivers of illegal companies operating in the province could find themselves in deep financial trouble if a collision were to happen, according to a lawyer with Acumen Law. Roy Ho says at the very least, drivers working for illegal ride-hailing companies should have a class 4 commercial license and insurance should be rated for business If not, he says “they can be on the hook personally for any claim that comes out of this accident.” And Ho says that number could easily run six figures, “depending on the nature of...

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Sarah Leamon interviewed by 604now on distracted driving

Traveling with Fido may feel non-negotiable for many drivers in BC; however, they may not realize the dangers inherent in doing so. Of course, there is no law against driving with an animal in one’s vehicle, but RCMP are cracking down all types of distracted driving. While the penalties for distracted driving refer to smart phones, there are other fines that encompass a much wider range of infractions. For example, there is no definitive law against eating while snacking. Yet, you can still get slapped with a staggering $368 fine for doing so. How is that possible? There is a penalty called “Driving without...

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ICBC and police exaggerate cellphone driving fatality numbers

Distracted driving. Sometimes it seems that's all we ever hear about these days from police, government and ICBC. We are told that there are thousands of drivers out there ripping around with their heads firmly buried in the electronic devices on their laps, causing chaos and countless injuries and deaths wherever they strike. [pullquote]...

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Marijuana Laws: Cases That Should Have Gone to the Supreme Court of Canada, But Didnt

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Welcome to Cases That Should Have Gone to the Supreme Court of Canada, But Didn’t! This week, lawyer Kyla Lee discusses how Canadian courts should deal with marijuana-related offences, knowing cannabis is about to be legal in the country. Acumen Law Corporation lawyer Kyla Lee gives her take on a made-in-Canada court case each week, and discusses why these cases should have been heard by Canada’s highest court: the Supreme Court of Canada.     Should the impending legalization of marijuana mean that if you’re convicted of a marijuana possession or trafficking offence, that you shouldn’t go to jail? In her latest episode, Kyla discusses...

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