Weekly Media Release May 22, 2012

Weekly News Briefs May 14 to 20, 2012

On 2012-05-18 at 1:00 PM a cyclist was struck by a vehicle backing out of a driveway in the 3300 block of Henderson Rd. The cyclist, travelling north in the bicycle lane, had time to pound on the back of the Honda CR-V, but the car kept backing, throwing the cyclist to the roadway. Fortunately the cyclist was not seriously injured. The driver was charged under the Motor Vehicle Act. Motorists are reminded to be extra careful reversing now that there are many more pedestrians and cyclists on the roadways and sidewalks as we all enjoy the nicer weather.

The Oak Bay Police Department is frequently the recipient of keys and other valuable that have been found in town and turned in by thoughtful citizens. If you have lost a set of keys or other valuables please contact us or drop in.

On 2012-05-20 at 9:30 PM a passerby noticed a fire in the skateboard park behind the Recreation Oak Bay tennis bubbles. A large wooden pallet had been brought into the concrete park and set ablaze. Those responsible could not be identified.

New Motorcycle Legislation:

All motorcycle riders and their passengers are now required to wear a helmet that meets safety industry standards. A motorcycle safety helmet must meet DOT, Snell M2005, Snell M2010 or ECE safety standards. Helmets that do not meet these new standards, such as skull caps, will be illegal.

New regulations for passenger seating mean that all passengers must be able to place their feet on the foot pegs or floorboards. Children unable to reach foot pegs are not permitted to ride as passengers.

Why are new regulations needed? Between 1996 and 2010, motorcycle fatalities increased 57 per cent. An approved motorcycle helmet can prevent or reduce head and neck injuries. The Province continues to explore additional safety measures. For more information, please visit

Source: Office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles.

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