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 PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
DEPARTMENT OF THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL
ANNUAL REPORT
of the
SUPERINTENDENT OF
MOTOR-VEHICLES
FOR THE YEAR
1946
VICTORIA,   B.C. :
Printed by Don MuDiaumid, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
194S.  To His Honour Charles A. Banks,
Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of British Columbia.
May it please Your Honour:
The undersigned has the honour to submit the report of the Superintendent of
Motor-vehicles for the year 1946.
GORDON S. WISMER,
Attorney-General.
Attorney-General's Department,
Victoria, B.C., December 31st, 19U7. Victoria, B.C., December 31st, 1947.
The Honourable the Attorney-General,
Parliament Buildings, Victoria, B.C.
SIR,—I have the honour to enclose herewith the annual report of the Motor-vehicle
Branch for the year 1946.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servant,
GEORGE A. HOOD,
Superintendent of Motor-vehicles. Report of the Superintendent of Motor-vehicles, 1946.
The Honourable Gordon S. Wismer, K.C.,
Attorney-General, Victoria, B.C.
Sir,—I have the honour to submit my annual report for the year 1946.
With the manufacturers of motor-vehicles completing the reconversion of their
plants for the manufacture of motor-vehicles for civilian use and the influx of persons
into this Province from other places, many of whom brought their motor-vehicles with
them, motor-vehicles being registered for the first time in this Province this year
totalled 16,491, an increase of 8,389 (303 per cent.) in passenger motor-vehicles and
3,473 (186.6 per cent.) in commercial motor-vehicles. Of the number of passenger
motor-vehicles registered for the first time in this Province, 6,840 were new and 4,317
had been licensed elsewhere, while, of the number of commercial motor-vehicles registered for the first time in this Province, 4,381 were new and 953 had been licensed
elsewhere.
During the licence-year 1945 the total of used motor-vehicles registered for the
first time in this Province was 3,035 and consisted of 2,590 passenger motor-vehicles
and 445 commercial motor-vehicles. This year 5,270 of such motor-vehicles were registered for the first time in this Province, an increase of 2,235 or 173.6 per cent., and
these consisted of 4,317 passenger motor-vehicles and 953 commercial motor-vehicles.
These motor-vehicles were brought into this Province from the following places:—
Place.
Alberta   ___     	
Passenger.
  1,307
Commercial.
415
Saskatchewan  :	
      962
282
Manitoba 	
      630
96
New Brunswick	
        29
Nova Scotia               -_  	
        35
6
Ontario 	
      926
59
Prince Edward Island   _. 	
          6
Quebec     •
      123
1
Yukon      -          _   	
          8
34
Total used-car registrations
Arizona            •■
(Canadian)          4,026
          1
89
California __     	
        85
10
Canal Zone
          2
Colorado
          2
Columbia
          1
Florida                 __ 	
          8
Georgia                  	
          1
Hawaii
          1
Idaho                     	
          3
2
Illinois                  _ _                -   -
          5
1
Indiana
          4
Iowa
          3
          1
Maine
              1
Michigan 	
          9
2 Z 6 BRITISH COLUMBIA.
Place.                                                                                          Passenger.
Minnesota                                                   _ _              9
Commercial.
Massachusetts           3
Montana           6
Nebraska                               .                        2
4
Nevada          2
New Mexico  __                        _                           2
New Jersey                 _           _ -                 2
New York        _           _____           4
North Dakota           2
Ohio                                                                              2
1
Oregon ___   __         <          28
1
South Carolina      _     _                2
1
Texas    ___          2
1
Utah    	
Vermont             1
1
Virginia          1
Washington        90
Wisconsin           3
36
Total used-car registrations (United States) __     288
England           3
60
Total used-car registrations, 1946 licence-year 4,317 953
In addition to the motor-vehicles being registered for the first time in this Province, licences were issued to 97,920 passenger motor-vehicles and 32,785 commercial
motor-vehicles which had been previously licensed' in this Province, a total of 130,705,
making a grand total of 147,196, which is an increase of 14,914 (11.2 per cent.) over
the number licensed during the previous year.
An increase has also been recorded in all types of licences and permits issued
during the year 1946, with the exception of additional plates issued for motor-dealers'
licences and duplicate motor-vehicle licences.
The following particulars of the increases and decreases registered this year as
compared with last year shows the sharp increase recorded in connection with the
majority of licences and permits:—
Increase.
Number. Per Cent.
Passengers (new registration)   8,389 303.0
Passengers (renewals)  9,656 9.7
Commercial (new registrations)   3,473 186.6
Commercial (renewals)   1,785 5.8
Non-resident touring motor-vehicle permits  479 20.1
Non-resident special motor-vehicle permits  66 25.9
Non-resident commercial motor-vehicle permits ____ 10 3.4
Permits for temporary operation  254 133.7
Motor-cycle licences   532 21.2
Trailer licences                     1,902 30.3
Original motor-dealers' licences   112 48.5
Original motor-cycle dealers' licences  6 200.0
Salesmen's licences   157 81.3
Transfers ...                9,887 21.1 REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1946.
Z 7
Chauffeurs' Class " A " licences
Chauffeurs' Class " B " licences
Number.
696
940
Chauffeurs' Class " C " licences  8,254
White drivers' licences  (original)   5,319
White drivers' licences  (renewals)   16,549
Chauffeurs' drivers' licences (original)   1,925
Chauffeurs' drivers' licences (renewals)   5,957
Salesmen's drivers' licences (original)   3
Salesmen's drivers' licences (renewals)  57
Permits to minors  1,198
Learners' licences   1,165
Learners' permits   91
Decreases.
Additional plates, motor-dealers' licences
Motor-vehicle duplicate licences 	
9
340
Per Cent.
32.7
37.2
33.7
35.3
10.8
72.5
26.8
300.0
36.1
20.8
40.5
9.4
4.0
12.2
For purposes of comparison a statement of the licences, permits, etc., issued under
the " Motor-vehicle Act" during the licence-years 1939 to 1946, inclusive, is given in
the following table:—
Comparative Statement of Licences, Permits, etc., issued during
the Licence-years 1939 to 1946, inclusive.
Licences issued.
1939.
1940.
1941.
1942.
1943.
1944.
1945.
1946.
Motor-vehicles—
9,213
87,524
9,608
91,844
8,543
96,867
3,237
97,345
2,526
96,394
2,509
96,554
2,768
96,653
11,157
97,920
96,737
101,452
105,410
100,582
98,920
99,063
99,421
109,077
Passenger substitutional licences	
495
2,209
21,203
2,603
21,735
3,652
23,016
3,870
25,214
2,198
28,948
1,857
31,036
1,861
31,000
5,334
32,785
23,412
24,338
26,668
29,084
31,146
32,893
32,861
38,119
837
1,279
120,149
125,790
132,078
129,666
130,066
131,956
132,282
147,196
1,332
1,951
3,926
4,213
4,139
2,919
3,332
2,697
2,790
2,450
Non-resident touring motor-vehicle per-
7,546
530
425
87
6,015
503
292
115
7,159
541
280
112
2,456
250
961
141
1,741
174
330
158
1,837
203
184
143
2,374
255
298
190
2,853
Non-resident special motor-vehicle per-
321
Non-resident commercial motor-vehicle
308
444
Motor-cycles—
197
1,741
40
478
1,776
48
337
2,084
63
981
2,246
35
237
3,069
18
184
2,950
22
306
2,200
45
761
Renewal	
2,277
55
Total motor-cycles	
1,938
2,254
2,421
3,227
3,306
3,134
2,506
3,038
3,549
10
3,753
27
4,165
24
4,169
19
5,041
19
5,539
17
_.
6,276
39
8
8,178
45
2
1 Z 8
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
Comparative Statement of Licences, Permits, etc., issued during
the Licence-years 1939 to 1946, inclusive—Continued.
Licences issued.
1939.
1940.
1941.
1942.
1943.
1944.
1945.
1946.
Motor-dealers—
322
450
19
321
437
23
8
4
612
3
294
412
19
11
5
538
228
250
6
6
1
319
189
203
5
2
1
180
1
230
227
4
3
231
224
6
3
343
215
11
9
2
650
3
193
1
193
350
Temporary   operation   of   motor-
92
Transfers—
35,794
8,932
1,918
197
42,094
11,686
2,585
363
64,325
72,388
68,604
47,677
53,822
49,566
46,841
56,728
Chauffeurs—
911
6
1,307
8
9,601
38
1,020
8
1,333
21
10,880
66
1,184
9
1,507
26
14,355
91
1,310
11
1,685
37
17,478
127
1,465
13
1,770
31
19,367
150
1,713
12
1,925
17
19,388
60
11,588
137,038
1,266
1,531
18,515
2,130
26
2,529
44
24,474
49
41
15,076
153,141
1,676
2,655
22,228
2,826
57
3,469
Substitutional Class " A "	
32,728
153
Drivers—
Original	
11,764
136,610
2,865
299
9,610
6
532
5,351
127
4,530
1,389
80,930
14,282
141,387
2,607
548
10,038
7
499
7,025
173
6,163
1,754
163,335
14,364
145,592
2,184
992
12,637
6
477
7,266
134
5,203
5,203
75,320
11,691
140,456
1,805
1,856
14,420
11,435
134,169
1,439
2,615
16,383
20,395
169,922
2,378
4,580
28,185
3
290
5,413
262
2,585
778
40,782
154
4,808
437
2,282
784
34,434
142
4,835
305
2,258
785
1,530
158
5,760
438
2,879
968
124,624
6,958
366
4,044
1,059
41,604
Duplicate permits to minors	 REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1946.
Z 9
DISTRIBUTION OF MOTOR-VEHICLES.
While 79.1 per cent, of the motor-vehicles licensed during 1945 were licensed at
Coast points and 20.9 per cent, were licensed at Interior points, 115,055 (78.1 per cent.)
were licensed at Coast points and 32,141  (21.9 per cent.) at Interior points this year.
The issuance of motor-vehicle licences according to issuing office is shown in the
following table:—
1946 Motor-vehicle Licences issued according to Issuing Offices.
Passenger Motor-vehicles.
Commercial Motor-vehicles.
Used.
New.
Renewal.
Total.
Used.
New.
Renewal.
Total.
Grand
Total.
Vancouver	
1,500
572
950
85
121
183
84
47
86
55
38
31
76
68
53
28
38
36
107
5
14
2
6
7
4
12
12
5
6
15
11
3
5
1
4
35
5
1
3,291
974
740
.      245
140
87
151
107
132
149
89
96
99
47
75
74
5
26
31
25
38
12
22
15
10
21
3
19
33
7
18
5
8
4
7
9
19
2
5
	
35,478
19,431
16,812
2,589
2,081
1,756
1,682
1,952
1,728
1,628
1,270
1,543
1,211
663
1,119
621
658
579
533
565
397
302
307
308
251
262
245
289
212
243
194
166
209
142
145
111
32
76
83
24
23
40,269
20,977
18,502
2,919
2,342
2,026
1,917
2,106
1,946
1,832
1,397
1,670
1,386
778
1,247
723
701
641
671
595
449
316
•     335
330
265
295
260
313
251
256
227
182
220
151
153
124
86
83
89
24
23
102
137
193
16
32
49
15
9
21
15
10
6
50
62
9
29
17
10
83
1
4
2
8
1
1
1
3
3
1
19
11
2
2
1
3
23
1
1
1,649
672
548
142
115
82
112
77
90
81
76
53
117
74
65
77
16
37
35
12
25
10
20
18
14
13
9
15
24
7
22
10
4
11
5
6
27
5
3
2
1
8,597
6,375
4,911
854
1,255
941
1,027
582
713
530
707
408
518
772
299
402
337
369
221
219
300
276
169
177
237
193
191
120
140
146
111
139
96
110
73
89
52
41
34
22
23
9
10,348
7,184
5,652
1,012
1,402
1,072
1,154
668
824
626
793
467
685
908
373
508
370
416
339
232
329
288
197
196
252
206
201
138
167
154
152
160
102
123
79
98
102
47
38
24
24
9
50,617
28,161
24,154
3,931
3,744
3,098
3,071
Duncan	
Penticton	
2,774
2,770
2,458
Kamloops	
Cumberland	
2,190
2,137
2,071
1,686
1,620
1,231
Salmon Arm	
Oliver	
1,071
1,057
1,010
827
Prince Rupert	
778
604
Princeton	
532
526
517
501
461
451
Quesnel	
Windermere	
418
lllO
379
342
322
274
232
222
188
130
127
Atlin.             	
48
47
9
Totals	
4,317
6,840
97,920
109,077
953
4,381
32,785
38,119
147,196 Z 10 BRITISH COLUMBIA.
As the mail issuance out of the Victoria office to points outside the Victoria area
this year included 5,224 passenger motor-vehicle licences and 1,484 commercial motor-
vehicle licences, the totals of 20,9^7 passenger motor-vehicle licences and 7,184 commercial motor-vehicle licences shown as being issued at the Victoria office are not the
number of motor-vehicles in the Victoria area, which amounted to 15,753 passenger
motor-vehicles and 5,700 commercial motor-vehicles, a total of 21,453.
Motor-vehicle licences issued by mail from the Victoria office to persons residing
OUtside the Victoria area Were aS follOWS:  Passenger. Commercial.
Vancouver   2,934 549
New Westminster  140 23
Vancouver Island and Islands  703 218
Balance of Province  1,408 623
Out of Province   39 .            71
Totals  ._     5,224 1,484
REVENUE.
The gross revenue collected this year from licences, permits, and fees under the
" Motor-vehicle Act," with the exception of fees for drivers' examinations, amounted to
$3,509,918.56, an increase of $512,043.75 over the amount so collected during the
previous licence-year. Of this amount, $2,595,456.64 (73.9 per cent.) was collected
through the offices of this Branch, as follows:—
Vancouver   $1,261,731.90
Victoria  -        596,132.56
New Westminster       560,751.03
Nelson   72,908.53
Trail     52,213.42
Kamloops  51,719.20
Total  $2,595,456.64
The balance of $914,461.92 was collected through the various.Government Agencies
throughout the Province and Police Detachments collecting and reporting through such
Agencies.
During the same period the amount collected for drivers' examinations was $27,099,
an increase over the previous year of $5,817 or 27.3 per cent. Of this amount, $11,785
(43.5 per cent.) was collected by the Vancouver Motor Licence Office, $5,156 (19.1 per
cent.) by the New Westminster Motor Licence Office and sub-offices of the same at
Mission and Chilliwack, and $10,158 (37.4 per cent.) by the Victoria Motor Licence
Office and travelling units working at different points throughout the Province and
reporting to such office.
An additional amount of $10,275.85 was also collected by the headquarters office at
Victoria in connection with the registration of documents under the " Bills of Sale
Act," " Conditional Sales Act," " Mechanics' Lien Act," and the " Companies Act," and
searches, etc., made thereunder. This was an increase of $3,670.35 (55.5 per cent.)
over the amount so collected during the previous year.
Refunds made this year showed a decrease of 141 (8.4 per cent.), the total number
being 1,524 as compared with 1,665 last year. While seasonal refunds under section 50
of the " Motor-vehicle Act " showed a slight increase of 17 (3.2 per cent.), refunds made
on relinquished licences under section 13 of the " Motor-vehicle Act " showed a decrease
of 41 (8.9 per cent.) and miscellaneous refunds showed a decrease of 117 (17.2 percent.)
as compared with the previous year. REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1946.
Z 11
For purposes of comparison, the following table shows the type of refunds made
during the licence-years 1945 and 1946:—
1945.
1946.
Number.
Amount.
Number.
Amount.
6
195
25
1
2
3
14
12
399
11
1
9
$164.60
1,503.35
250.00
.67
3.00
23.58
128.00
9.00
397.50
23.50
1.00
152.01
7
373
58
7
4
36
15
29
28
2
2
$198.76
3,653.66
575.00
13.86
28.19
209.35
11.25
28.25
55.00
2.00
50.00
678
$2,656.21
561
$4,825.32
465
128
324
70
$3,707.16
839.30
1,561.33
236.66
424
126
332 '
81
$3,727.24
Seasonal refunds, Section 50—
October 31st, one-third	
1,025.68
1,677.23
301.14
987
$6,344.45
963
$6,731 29
1,665
$9,000.66
1,524
$11,556.61
EXAMINATION OF MOTOR-VEHICLE DRIVERS.
Drivers' examinations were given to 24,989 persons this year, of which 21,602
(86.45 per cent.) were given to male applicants and 3,387 (13.55 per cent.) to female
applicants. This was an increase of 4,918 (24.5 per cent.) over the number of drivers'
examinations completed last year.
From the following table it will be noted that the percentage of applicants in the
various age-groups remains approximately the same, with the exception of male applicants between the ages of 22 and 30 years, in which group an increase of 3.76 per cent,
was recorded.
For purposes of comparison, the various age-groups of applicants who were given
drivers' examinations in 1945 and 1946 are shown in the following table:—
Drivers'
Examinations According
TO AGE-
3R0UP,  1945 AND
1946.
Male.
Female.
Age-group.
1945.
1946.
1945.
1946.
Number.
Per Cent.
Number.
Per Cent.
Number.
Per Cent.
Number.
Per Cent.
15 to 21 	
1
4,067    |      23.4
5,947    j      34.3
3,574    j      2016
1,869           10.8
1,225    j        7.1
326    j         1.9
334    |        1.9
5,034
8,221
4,103
2,178
1,298
374
394
23.30
38.06
19.00
10.08
6.00
1.73
1.83
529
1,056
678
310
129
21
6
19.4
38.6
24.9
11.3
4.8
0.8
0.2
600
1,301
917
374
154
32
9
17.70
22 to 30	
38.40
31 to 40            	
27.10
41 to 50            	
11.08
51 to 60          	
4.50
0.95
0.27
Tnt_.l           	
17.342     I     100.0
21,602
100.00
2.729    [    100.0
3,387
100.00
• Z 12 BRITISH COLUMBIA.
In addition to the regular drivers' examinations, 805 written examinations were
given to applicants for Class "A" chauffeurs' licences, an increase of 34.3 per cent, over
the number given last year, and 716 road tests were carried out in connection therewith,
an increase of 42.3 per cent. Written examinations were also given to 1,769 applicants
for Class " B " chauffeurs' licences, an increase of 39.6 per cent., and 1,280 road tests
were carried out in connection therewith, an increase-of 43.5 per cent. Driving tests
were also given to 1,808 minors in connection with their applications for minors' permits, an increase of 28.5 per cent, over last year.
Drivers' examinations were also given to mechanical-transport personnel of the
Army and Navy, 234 being given to Army personnel and 32 to Naval personnel. This
was a sharp decrease of 79.3 per cent, in the number of such examinations given. REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1946.
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Z 15
CONVICTIONS.
A sharp increase of 34.5 per cent, in the number of convictions under the provisions
of the " Motor-vehicle Act " and section 285 of the Criminal Code of Canada was
recorded this year, there being 6,804 of such convictions, as compared with 5,058
last year.
Of the convictions recorded, 1,061 (15.6 per cent.) were for violations of section
285 of the Criminal Code and 5,743 (84.4 per cent.) were for violations of the provisions
of the " Motor-vehicle Act " and regulations thereunder.
Of the total number of convictions reported, 6,075 (89.3 per cent.) were for offences
which occurred in municipalities, the balance of 729 (10.7 per cent.) taking place in
unorganized territory. This was an increase of 1,548 (34.2 per cent.) in the number
of convictions which occurred in municipalities and an increase of 198 (37.3 per cent.)
in the number of convictions taking place in unorganized territory over last year.
As will be observed from the following table, two of the outstanding increases
were for failing to stop after an accident, under which 104 convictions were recorded,
as compared with 60 during 1945, an increase of 44 or 73.3 per cent., and those offences
relating to speed, under which 4,530 convictions were recorded, as compared with 2,935
during 1945, an increase of 1,595 or 54.3 per cent.
For purposes of comparison, particulars of the types Of convictions reported under
the provisions of the " Motor-vehicle Act " and regulations, as well as under section
285 of the Criminal Code, during the years 1943 to 1946, inclusive, are given in the
following table:—
Convictions under " Motor-vehicle Act " and Section 285, Criminal Code, 1943-46.
Offence.
1943.
1944.
1945.
1946.
Failure to stop after accident	
Unlawfully taking a motor-vehicle	
Driving a motor-vehicle while intoxicated	
Failure to obtain motor-vehicle licence or permit, mount same, etc	
Failure of dealer to notify re sale, misuse of dealers' plates, etc	
Operating with "D " plates without salesman's licence or permit	
Failure to register as a tourist	
Employing unlicensed chauffeur	
No driver's licence or failure to produce same, etc	
Failing to take necessary precautions re horse-drawn vehicles	
Failing to take necessary precaution re street-cars	
Failing to stop on approach of fire and police patrol	
Exceeding speed-limit passing schools and playgrounds	
Exceeding speed-limit indicated by " speed " signs	
Driving to common danger, exceeding speed-limit, etc., in cities	
Failing to report accident, etc	
Minor operating motor-vehicle without permit	
Operating motor-cycle with person in front of driver	
Failing to transfer motor-vehicle, etc	
Operating motor-vehicle without motor-vehicle licence	
Operating motor-vehicle without displaying plates as required	
Operating motor-vehicle displaying wrong number-plates	
Using licence belonging to another, refusing to show licence, etc	
Driving motor-vehicle as chauffeur without chauffeur's licence or permit.
Making false statement, permitting another to use licence, etc :	
Failing to report change in motor-vehicle	
Operating as dealer without licence	
Transportation of animals unprotected	
Failure to produce driver's licence to Magistrate, police, etc	
Failing to display number-plates unobstructed, clean, etc	
Failing to notify re change of address	
Failing to stop upon request of police	
Liability of owner	
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BRITISH COLUMBIA.
Convictions under " Motor-vehicle Act " and Criminal Code—Continued.
Offence.
Driving while driver's licence under suspension	
Driving without head-lights or improper head-lights	
Driving without tail-lights, etc	
Driving overwidth motor-vehicle without clearance-lights	
Driving motor-vehicle with defective brakes	
Driving motor-vehicle with defective horn	
Driving motor-vehicle without muffler	
Failing to give required signals on turning or stopping	
Driving with windshield obstructed	
Driving motor-vehicle without windshield-wiper	
Driving motor-vehicle without rear-view mirror	
Driving motor-vehicle without flag or light at end of load	
Driving motor-vehicle otherwise than as restricted on driver's licence	
Altering number-plates and use of fictitious plates .'	
Operating defective motor-vehicle after ordered off road	
Operating motor-vehicle with improperly mounted or unauthorized fog,
spot, or auxiliary lights	
Failing  to  have   proper   connection  between   combination   of   vehicles
(Regulation 3 (p))	
Failure to submit motor-vehicle for inspection and testing (Regulation 12).
Liability of licensees for offences of employees	
Failure in duty required by persons letting motor-vehicles for hire	
Totals	
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28
31
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37
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SUSPENSIONS AND CANCELLATIONS.
In addition to the number of licences suspended under the financial responsibility
provisions of the " Motor-vehicle Act," it was found necessary to suspend the drivers'
licences, or right to obtain drivers' licences, in 1,506 cases. This was an increase of
857 or 132 per cent, over the number it was found necessary to deal with in this manner
last year.
Again this year the drivers' licences held by minors were the largest group affected
in this way, amounting to 69.3 per cent, of the total, an increase of 176.1 per cent, over
last year. There was also an increase of 68.7 per cent, in the number suspended for
driving to the common danger; an increase of 36.3 per cent, in the number suspended
for driving while intoxicated; an increase of 328.5 per cent, in the number suspended
for failing to return to the scene of an accident or report the same, etc.; an increase of
233.3 per cent, in the number suspended for exceeding speed-limits; an increase of
37.5 per cent, in the number who, on examination, proved unfit to operate a motor-
vehicle; and an increase of 50 per cent, in the number suspended for failing to appear
for examination upon request. The only decrease registered was for those who were
charged with manslaughter, the decrease in this instance being 77.7 per cent, as
compared with the number so suspended last year. REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1946.
Z 17
The reasons for the suspensions imposed, as well as the length of time of such
suspensions, are given in the following table:—
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Driving while under suspension	
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1,506
It was also found necessary to suspend 1,555 drivers' licences and 802 motor-vehicle
licences under the financial responsibility sections of the " Motor-vehicle Act." This
is an increase of 582 (59.8 per cent.) in the number of drivers' licences and an increase
of 412 (105.6 per cent.) in the number of motor-vehicle licences so suspended last year.
During the year 1,190 drivers' licences and 715 motor-vehicle licences were reinstated upon the necessary proof of financial responsibility being submitted or upon
the bona fide sale of the motor-vehicles to other persons. This was an increase of
138 (13.1 per cent.) in the number of drivers' licences reinstated and an increase of
243 (51.4 per cent.) in the number of motor-vehicle licences reinstated over last year.
The following table gives particulars of the suspensions and reinstatements of
drivers' licences and motor-vehicle licences under the financial responsibility sections
of the " Motor-vehicle Act " during the year:—
Reason.
Drivers' Licences.
Suspended.     Reinstated.
Motor-vehicle Licences.
Suspended.     Reinstated
Driving to common danger or reckless driving	
Driving to common danger or reckless driving (with accident)....
No further proof of financial responsibility given upon expiration of proof previously given	
Failing to remain at or return to the scene of an accident	
Failure to pay judgment	
Taking motor-vehicle without owner's consent	
Taking motor-vehicle without owner's consent (with accident)...
Manslaughter	
Driving or in charge of a motor-vehicle while intoxicated	
Driving or in charge of a motor-vehicle while intoxicated (with
accident) -
Judgment and conviction outside Province	
Judgment and conviction outside Province (with accident)	
Motor-vehicles transferred	
Driving while driver's licence under suspension ...
Driving while driver's licence under suspension (with accident)..
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251
434
610
84
4
69
19
1
40
18
20
1
2
2
179
380
479
60
2
22
32
16
11
116
188
402
38
2
6
3
27
7
11
91
172
288
84
1,555
1,190
802 Z 18 BRITISH COLUMBIA.
MOTOR-VEHICLE ACCIDENTS.
The sharp increase in motor-vehicle accidents which was recorded after the lifting
of war-time restrictions on gasoline and the speed-limit of 40 miles per hour in August,
1945, has, I regret to report, continued during 1946, there being 9,792 reportable motor-
vehicle accidents during 1946, an increase of 2,725 or 38.6 per cent. These accidents
resulted in 3,920 persons being injured, an increase of 812 or 26.1 per cent.; 147
persons being killed, an increase of 31 or 26.7 per cent; and property damage of
$1,352,670.96 being caused, an increase of $392,303.74 or 40.8 per cent, over the previous
year.
Although, in view of the increased cost of repairs, which has a definite bearing on
the number of motor-vehicle accidents which are reportable, as well as on the amount
of property damage caused, a true comparison cannot be made with the number of
reportable motor-vehicle accidents previous to 1940; the number of persons injured
and killed this year in motor-vehicle accidents was the highest ever recorded in this
Province, both from a numerical standpoint and from a standpoint of persons killed
and injured per motor-vehicle licensed.
For purposes of comparison, a brief summary of motor-vehicle accidents taking
place within the Province during the past ten years is given in Appendix I, from which
it will be noted that during that period there were 61,068 reportable motor-vehicle accidents, resulting in 1,195 persons losing their lives, 27,979 persons being injured, and
property damage to the extent of $7,144,294.29.
During 1946 the largest group of accidents reported resulted from collisions
between motor-vehicles, these totalling 6,306 or 64.4 per cent, of the total; these accidents resulted in 1,542 (39.3 per cent.) persons injured and 17 (11.5 per cent.) fatalities.
Collisions of motor-vehicles with pedestrians were the next largest group, these totalling
908 or 9.2 per cent, of such accidents, resulting in 887 (22.6 per cent.) persons injured
and 47 (31.9 per cent.) fatalities.
Non-collision accidents again rated as the third largest group, these totalling 807
or 8.2 per cent, of all accidents, resulting in 598 (15.2 per cent.) persons injured and
39 (26.5 per cent.) fatalities.
The peak hours for accidents still remain the same—that is, between 4 p.m. and
6 p.m.—but the most fatal hours were between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. and between 10 p.m.
and 11 p.m. Again this year, Saturday was the day on which most accidents occurred,
1,928 taking place on that day.
Of the 15,964 motor-vehicles involved in accidents this year, 10,974 (68.7 per cent.)
were of the private passenger type and 3,598 (22.5 per cent.) were trucks and deliveries.
Private passenger-type motor-vehicles were involved in 47 per cent, of the fatal accidents, and 67.9 per cent, of those accidents resulted in personal injuries. Trucks and
deliveries were involved in 39.5 per cent, of the fatal accidents, and 20.4 per cent, of the
accidents resulted in personal injuries.
While accidents occurring at railroad crossings this year were two less than last
year and non-fatal personal injuries resulting therefrom decreased by 45 per cent.,
fatal accidents increased by 100 per cent. Again this year, the large majority (85 per
cent.) of such accidents occurred at unguarded crossings, these resulting in all of the
deaths registered at railroad crossings and 77.7 per cent, of such accidents resulting in
non-fatal personal injuries.
Of the drivers involved in motor-vehicle accidents, 15,068 were male and 844
female, the largest group being those between 25 and 40 years of age. There were 87
drivers with less than three months' driving experience involved in motor-vehicle accidents, of which 1 was fatal, 28 resulted in personal injury, and 58 in property damage
only. Drivers with a driving experience of five years and over constituted 84.2 per
cent, of the drivers involved in accidents, and these were involved in accidents in which REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1946. Z 19
there were 89 fatalities, 3,166 personal injuries, and 10,202 property damage only.
Drivers who were intoxicated were involved in 2 fatal, 22 personal-injury, and 62
property-damage only accidents. However, of the drivers involved, 93.4 per cent, were
in a normal condition, and these were involved in accidents resulting in 118 fatalities,
3,601 personal injuries, and 11,202 property damage only.
There were 552 non-residents involved in accidents, resulting in 8 fatalities, 146
personal injuries, and 398 property damage only. There were also 280 unlicensed
drivers in accidents, resulting in 8 fatalities, 116 personal injuries, and 156 property
damage only.
Failure to yield the right-of-way was again responsible for contributing to more
accidents than any other cause, while those who " drove off the highway" were
responsible for the heaviest toll of death and injury.
The number of pedestrians who lost their lives during the year through motor-
vehicle accidents totalled 47, which was 31.9 per cent, of the fatalities. Pedestrians
who received non-fatal injuries totalled 890, which was 22.7 per cent, of those receiving
non-fatal personal injuries. Walking on or along the highway, crossing the street
diagonally, and coming from behind a vehicle were the conditions which resulted in the
largest number of pedestrian fatalities, 76 persons who were walking on or along the
highway being involved, 7 fatally; 67 persons who were crossing the street diagonally
being involved, 7 fatally; and 177 persons coming from behind a vehicle being involved,
6 fatally.
From the reports received, it would appear that in at least 321 cases, 13 of which
resulted in fatalities, the pedestrians concerned received their injuries through carelessness on their part. This was an increase of 54.3 per cent, in this group over
last year.
The largest group of persons killed and injured this year were motor-vehicle
passengers, there being 1,823 of these, 59 of whom were killed.
Although there was an increase of 26.7 per cent, in the number of persons fatally
injured this year, there was a decrease of 45.4 per cent, in the number of bicyclists
fatally injured. However, there was an increase of 80 per cent, in the number of
motor-vehicle drivers fatally injured, an increase of 51.2 per cent, in the number of
motor-vehicle passengers fatally injured, and an increase of 6.8 per cent, in the number
of pedestrians fatally injured.
The majority of the deaths were caused by fractures, 72.7 per cent, of those receiving fractures of the skull dying as a result thereof, while of those who received internal
injuries, 28.8 per cent, lost their lives. A sharp increase was registered this year in
the number of persons who were drowned in motor-vehicle accidents, 11 losing their
lives in this manner as compared with 5 last year, an increase of 120 per cent.
Accidents occurring during the hours of darkness were slightly more than two and
one-half times as fatal as those occurring during daylight hours. This year during the
hours of darkness 1 accident in every 44 was fatal, while during daylight hours 1
accident in every 114 was fatal.
Of the motor-vehicles involved in accidents, 92.9 per cent, were apparently in good
condition. However, 187 had defective brakes, resulting in 3 fatalities, 54 personal
injuries, and 130 property damage only, while 140 had defective steering-gear, resulting
in 1 fatality, 55 personal injuries, and. 84 property damage only; 56 had dim headlights, resulting in 1 fatality, 22 personal injuries, and 33 property damage only; 106
had other lighting defects which resulted in 39 personal injuries and 67 property
damage only; 36 had other mechanical defects which resulted in 17 personal injury
and 19 property damage only; and 329 were not equipped with chains for slippery
roads, which resulted in 1 fatality, 48 personal injuries, and 65 property damage only.
Punctures or blowouts caused 98 motor-vehicles to be involved in accidents, which
resulted in 3 fatalities, 30 personal injuries, and 65 property damage only. Z 20
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
Motor-vehicle accidents occurring in city municipalities this year totalled 6,527 or
66.8 per cent, of the total accidents, and these resulted in 49 or 33.3 per cent, of the
persons who received fatal injuries, 2,257 or 57.5 per cent, of the persons who received
non-fatal injuries, and $754,840.43 or 55.8 per cent, of the property damage caused.
This was an increase of 1,677 or 35.2 per cent, of the number of accidents, a
decrease of 2 or 3.9 per cent, in the number of persons who received fatal injuries, an
increase of 302 or 15.4 per cent, in the number of persons receiving non-fatal injuries,
and an increase of $195,234.80 or 34.9 per cent, in the amount of property damage
incurred in city municipalities as compared with last year.
All city municipalities show an increase in the number of motor-vehicle accidents
occurring, with the exception of Armstrong, Ladysmith, Merritt, North Vancouver,
Prince Rupert, Revelstoke, Rossland, and Salmon Arm.
There was also an increase in the number of motor-vehicle accidents occurring
in district municipalities, there being 1,478 this year, which was 15 per cent, of the
total accidents, and these accidents resulted in 34 or 23.1 per cent, of fatalities, 790
or 20.1 per cent of the persons who received non-fatal injuries, and $263,646.12 or
19.4 per cent, of the property damage caused.
This was an increase of 456 or 44.6 per cent in the number of accidents, a decrease
of 2 or 5.5 per cent, of the amount of fatalities, an increase of 236 or 42.6 per cent, in
the number of persons receiving non-fatal injuries, and an increase of $88,671.66 or
50.7 per cent, in the amount of property damage caused as compared with last year.
All district municipalities showed an increase in the number of motor-vehicle
accidents occurring this year, with the exception of Delta, Esquimalt, Fraser Mills,
Peachland, Pitt Meadows, and Spallumcheen.
In unorganized portions of the Province there were 1,757 motor-vehicle accidents,
which was 17.9 per cent, of the total recorded. In these accidents 64 persons lost their
lives, which was 43.5 per cent, of the total fatalities this year; 873 persons received
non-fatal injuries, which was 22.2 per cent, of the total of non-fatal injuries; and
$334,184.41 property damage was caused, which was 24.7 per cent, of the total property
damage caused as compared with last year. This was an increase of 562 or 47 per cent,
in the number of accidents, an increase of 35 or 120.7 per cent, in the number of
fatalities, an increase of 274 or 45.7 per cent, in the number of persons receiving nonfatal injuries, and an increase of $108,397.18 or 48 per cent, in the amount of property
damage caused as compared with last year.
For purposes of comparison, statements giving further details, according to location, of motor-vehicle accidents occurring this year and last year are given in Appendices
II, III, and IV, while a statistical summary of motor-vehicle accidents occurring during
the year is given in Appendix V.
The following is a brief statement of reportable motor-vehicle accidents occurring
in the'Province during the calendar years 1943 to 1946, inclusive:—
1943.
1944.
1946.
Number of motor-vehicles licensed	
Number of motor-vehicle accidents	
Number of motor-vehicles involved	
Number of motor-vehicle accident deaths	
Number of persons injured in motor-vehicle accidents.	
Amount of property damage caused by motor-vehicle accidents	
Average amount of property damage per motor-vehicle involved....
133,150
5,213
8,495
121
2,403
$592,973.38
$69.80
134,942
5,203
8,400
115
2,296
$626,474.37
$74.58
133,954
7,067
11,598
116
3,108
$960,367.22
$82.80
147,639
9,792
15,964
147
3,920
$1,352,670.96
$84.73
Again this year, as has been the case for some considerable time, it is apparent
that the majority of motor-vehicle accidents are the direct result of carelessness on the
part of those involved. REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1946.
Z 21
By a reference to Appendix V it will be noted that the majority of drivers involved
had a driving experience of five years and over, were operating motor-vehicles whose
condition was apparently good, in a straight direction on a dry surface in clear weather
under road conditions that were normal—a certain indication that such drivers had been
negligent in the operation of motor-vehicles concerned. It would also appear that many
pedestrians, by not exercising common-sense precautions, have placed themselves in
positions in which they have been injured and in some cases have lost their lives.
" BILLS OF SALE ACT," " CONDITIONAL SALES ACT," " MECHANICS'
LIEN ACT," AND SECTION 134, " COMPANIES ACT."
With the new motor-vehicles again beginning to become available, a sharp increase
was recorded this year in the number of documents filed under the above-mentioned
Acts, as well as in the searches made thereunder, there being an increase of 70.2 per
cent, in the documents registered under the " Conditional Sales Act," an increase of 50.2
per cent, in the documents registered under the " Bills of Sale Act," an increase of 158.1
per cent, in the documents registered under the " Mechanics' Lien Act," and an
increase of 144.4 per cent, in the documents registered under section 134 of the
" Companies Act."
Releases filed and searches made under the " Conditional Sales Act " and " Bills of
Sale Act " also showed a sharp increase, there being an increase of 45.3 per cent, in the
number of releases filed under the " Conditional Sales Act," an increase of 49.7 per cent,
in the releases filed under the " Bills of Sale Act," an increase of 87.7 per cent, in the
number of searches made under the " Conditional Sales Act," and an increase of 87.5
per cent, in the number of searches made under the " Bills of Sale Act." The total
number of items handled was 18,739, an increase of 7,847 or 72 per cent, over the
number so attended to during the previous year.
The value of law-stamps sold increased by 51.6 per cent., and the value of law-
stamps attached to documents when received increased by 72.5 per cent. The value of
search tickets issued under the " Bills of Sale Act " and " Conditional Sales Act"
increased by 82.9 per cent., the fees under section 134 of the " Companies Act" by 144
per cent., and fees for copying documents and for certificates, etc., increased by 243.9
per cent. The total revenue received under the above-mentioned Acts amounted to
$15,083.85, an increase of $5,690.35 or 60.6 per cent.
While registrations made under section 134 of the " Companies Act" amounted to
only 44, it was necessary to record such documents against 911 motor-vehicles. This
was an increase of 366 or 67.2 per cent, over the previous year.
For purposes of comparison, the number of registrations and releases filed as well
as the number of searches made and revenue collected under the above-mentioned Acts
during this year and last year are given in the following table:—
Item.
1945.
1946.'
Increase.
Per
Cent.
3,477
5,919
2,442
70.2
2,430
3,649
1,219 .
50.2
43
111
68
158.1
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44
26
144.4
545
911
366
67.2
117
170
53
45.3
171
256
85
49.7
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3,816
1,783
87.7
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3,853
1,798
87.5
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$8,879.50
$3,021.00
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4,808.00
2,020.00
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717.05
1,311.25
594.20
82.9
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44.00
26.00
144.4
11.95
41.10
29.15
243.9
$9,393.50
$15,083.85
$5,690.35
60.6
Registrations under " Conditional Sales Act "	
Registrations under " Bills of Sale Act "	
Registrations under " Mechanics' Lien Act "	
Registrations under " Companies Act "	
Motor-vehicle files marked under " Companies Act "	
Releases filed under " Conditional Sales Act "	
Releases filed under " Bills of Sale Act"	
Searches under " Conditional Sales Act "	
Searches under " Bills of Sale Act "	
Documents copied, certified, etc.	
Value of law-stamps sold	
Value of law-stamps attached to documents when received...
Value of bills of sale and conditional sale search tickets sold.
Fees under " Companies Act"	
Miscellaneous searches, copying, fees, certificates, etc	
Revenue totals	 Z 22
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
SCHOOL BUSES.
This year 346 school-bus permits were issued, covering the operation of motor-
vehicles for the transportation of school-children. This was an increase of 81 or 30.6
per cent, over the number issued last year.
As during the war years, it was almost impossible to obtain motor-vehicle equipment suitable for this work; quite an amount of school-bus equipment deteriorated into
a condition through age and use, under which it has been very difficult to maintain the
standards set up in the " Motor-vehicle Act" regulations relating to the transportation
of school-children, but as new equipment became available upon the termination of the
war, this condition was given attention and eighty-two new pieces of equipment were
put into operation for this purpose.
Inspections were carried out by the mechanical supervisors of the British Columbia
Police Department, 388 being made during the year, as the result of which it was
found that brakes were unsatisfactory in 72 cases and steering in 147 cases. The
necessary steps were taken to see that the mechanical defects were remedied.
STAFF.
As the result of the increase in the amount of work, it has been necessary to
increase pur staff to handle the same, and this year there were 107 employed on the
31st of December, as compared with 92 on the 31st of December last year, an increase
of 15 or 16.3 per cent.
The classification and distribution of the staff on December 31st, 1946, is shown in
the following table:—
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Intermediate clerks (Grade 1)....
Clerks (Grade 2)	
Clerks (Grade 1)	
Senior stenographers	
Senior filing clerks	
Clerk-stenographers	
Addressograph operators	
Stenographers	
Typists and junior female clerks
Junior clerks (male)	
Janitors	
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ASSISTANCE TO OTHER DEPARTMENTS.
With the increase in motor-vehicles, the supplying of information, etc., to various
police departments for their use in connection with their work has increased
substantially.
Assistance has also been rendered to many other Government departments. The
issuance of game licences has been carried out by our offices at New Westminster, REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1946. Z 23
Mission, and Chilliwack, and a substantial increase has been recorded in the work done
by this department for the Motor Carrier Branch, for whom we file financial responsibility certificates in connection with passenger-carrying motor-vehicles and notify them
as to cancellations, etc., in connection therewith, as well as checking of transfers of
motor-vehicles in connection with motor carrier licence-plates, checking of motor
carrier licences for description of motor-vehicles, etc.
CONCLUSION.
In conclusion I would like to take this opportunity of expressing my appreciation
to the members of the Department for their co-operation and the personnel of this
Branch for the way in which they have carried out their duties during the year.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servant,
GEORGE A. HOOD,
Superintendent of Motor-vehicles. Z 24
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Number of Accidents.
2.                                 Hour of Occurrence.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
297
263
245
161
79
53
58
246
432
377
445
548
442
416
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535
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123
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125
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212
279
216
178
149
119
146
173
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196
179
159
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30
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330
317
349
409
317
335
420
416
575
618
351
348
303
249
277
307
30
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9,792
117
2,780
6,895
Day of Occurrence.
Number of Accidents.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
1. Sunday	
2. Monday	
3. Tuesday	
4. Wednesday..
5. Thursday	
6. Friday	
7. Saturday	
8. Not stated...
Totals
1,309
1,292
1,482
1,259
1,160
1,358
1,928
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24
13
18
16
10
14
22
9,792
431
320
390
334
326
374
601
4
854
959
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909
824
970
1,305
2,780
Type of Vehicles involved.
Number of Vehicles involved.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
1. Private passenger.
2. Motor-cycle.—	
3. Stage	
4. Taxi	
5. Bus	
6. Delivery	
7. " Drive Yourself "
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9. Not stated	
Totals	
10,974
260
23
749
223
1,029
113
2,569
24
63
1
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2,626
202
1
164
57
276
20
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50
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163
745
92
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18
15,964
134
3,865
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BRITISH COLUMBIA.
Statistical Summary—Motor-vehicle Accidents—Continued.
Railroad Crossings.
1. Gates not down	
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4. Unguarded crossing	
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6. Signal not given	
7. Not stated ,	
Totals	
Number of Accidents.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
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Property
Damage only.
1
1
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23
1
2
27
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Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
15,068
844
52
130
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179
7
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42
15,964
134
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Total.
Fatal.
Personal
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Property
Damage only.
264
3,130
7,030
3,188
1,522
591
239
37
54
22
10
4
7
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1,678
691
332
150
59
177
2,225
5,298
2,475
1,180
437
Driving Experience.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
87
77
113
2,003
13,457
227
1
4
26
89
14
28
24
37
543
3,166
67
58
53
72
1,434
10,202
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Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
'Damage only.
86
25
107
14,921
100
725
2
1
118
1
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22
10
43
3,601
20
169
15
63
11,202
79
544
5. Other	
6. Not stated	
Licence of Drivbr.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
15,114
280
552
18
115
8
8
3
3,601
116
146
2
11,398
156
398
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Z 31
Statistical Summary—Motor-vehicle Accidents—Continued.
Action of Driver contributing to Accident.
Total.
Reckless driving	
Exceeding speed-limit	
On wrong side of road	
Did not have right-of-way	
Cutting-in	
Passing standing street-car....
Passing on curve or hill	
Passing on wrong side	
Failing to signal	
Cutting left corner.	
Car ran away	
Through street—did not stop.
Driving off roadway	
Driving through safety-zone...
Car standing in roadway	
Hit and run	
Passing at intersection...	
Following too close	
Railroad—did not stop	
Not stated	
Totals	
1,009
10
643
1,949
414
8
631
35
462
104
197
261
1,099
5
325
250
135
934
26
8,497
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Fatal.
1
21
Personal
Injury.
287
8
135
363
40
3
94
6
35
24
38
63
382
2
54
18
24
129
1,713
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709
2
505
1,581
373
5
534
29
427
80
156
197
696
3
271
229
111
804
16
6,728
8. Amount of property damage for period covered by this report, $1,352,670.96.
Amount of property damage this year to date, $1,352,670.96.
Number of Pedestrians.
8.                               Pedestrians involved, Actions of.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
44
11
36
35
135
11
162
6
2
12
76
49
67
177
114
2
1
5
5
1
1
7
4
7
6
8
44
9
36
34
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130
11
7. In street—not at intersection	
157
5
1
13. Crossing street diagonally	
14. Coming from behind vehicle	
15. Not known	
Totals	
937
47
890 Z 32
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
Statistical Summary—Motor-vehicle Accidents—Continued.
/
Number of Pedestrians.
Condition of Pedestrian.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
52
17
60
31
321
268
188
2
3
4
1
13
6
18
50
14
56
30
308
262
170
937
47
890
Number of Victims.
10,                                    Classification of Victims.
Total.               Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
1
829                     '   27
802
1.823                         59                   1.764
937*
25
252f
47
2
6
890
23
246
1541
4
150
47                           2
45
4 067          1              14. S
3,920
* Thirteen pedestrians injured in other than pedestrian accidents.
t Two persons, not bicyclists, injured in bicycle accidents.
% Three motor-cyclists killed and twenty-two motor-cyclists injured in other than motor-cycle accidents.
§ Included in this report is one person reported injured in the November report who died January 28th, 1947.
Nature of Injuries.
Number of Victims.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Fractured skull	
Fractured spine ,	
Other fractures	
Concussion of brain	
Severe general shock with bruises and cuts
Slight shock and shake-up	
Internal injuries	
Other injuries  (sprains, dislocations, etc.)...
Cuts by glass  (only)	
Drowned	
Burned	
Asphyxiated	
Not stated	
Totals	
77
471
44
199
2,646
45
323
16
11
4
1
230
21
33
2
4,067
13
1
1
30
147
438
44
197
2,646
32
322
16
4
200
3,920
Light Conditions.
Number of Accidents.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
1. Daylight	
2. Dusk	
3. Artificial light—good
4. Artificial light—poor.
5. Darkness	
6. Not stated	
Totals	
5,586
742
805
596
1,956
107
49
3
11
6
44
4
1,430
215
220
245
642
28
2,780
4,107
524
574
345
1,270
75
6,895 REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1946.
Z 33
Statistical Summary—Motor-vehicle Accidents—Continued.
Condition of Vehicles involved.
Number of Vehicles.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
1. Brakes defective	
2. Steering-gear defective	
3. Other defects	
4. Glaring head-lights	
5. Head-light out (1 light)	
6. Head-lights out  (both)	
7. Head-lights dim	
8. Tail-light out or obscured.
9. No chains (slippery road)
10. Puncture or blow-out	
11. Apparently good	
12. Not stated	
Totals	
187
140
36
21
11
38
56
36
329
98
14,840
172
1
3
118
7
54
55
17
6
5
15
22
13
48
30
3,554
46
15,964
3,865
130
84
19
15
6
23
33
23
280
65
11,168
119
11,965
14.
Direction of Travel.
Number of Vehicles.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
1. Going straight	
2. Turning right	
3. Turning left	
4. Backing	
5. Parked or standing still	
6. Slowing down or stopping.
7. Skidding	
8. Not stated	
Totals	
10,284
1,123
1,923
436
1,561
215
225
197
15,964
11
14
4
2
2,730
270
439
77
208
46
48
47
7,460
842
1,470
355
1,351
169
175
143
1,865
11,965
Number of
Accidents.
15.                                   Road Surface.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
5,371
2,753
88
526
622
297
135
68
26
2
3
4
5
9
1,664
758
27
89
107
98
37
3,639
1,969
Totals '..
9,792
117
2,780
6,895
Number of
Accidents.
16.                                 Road Condition.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
169
85
128
8,485
182
743
1
98
2
16
54
26
31
2,445
44
180
114
5,942
5. Other                      	
547
Totals    	
9,792
117
2,780
6,895 Z 34
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
Statistical Summary—Motor-vehicle Accidents—Continued.
Type of Road.
Number of
Accidents.
17.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
1,729
6,307
1,163
242
158
193
10
73
22
7
5
480
1,835
324
66
30
45
1,239
4,399
817
169
128
143
Totals	
9,792
117
2,780
6,895
Weather Conditions.
Number of
Accidents.
18.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
1. Clear	
2. Cloudy	
3. Fog or mist	
4. Rain	
5. Snow	
6. Smoke or dust.
7. Not stated	
Totals	
5,634
1,279
541
1,790
398
40
110
9,792
71
13
7
15
2
117
1,675
363
136
494
66
13
33
903
398
1,281
330
27
68
2,780
6,895
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