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 PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
DEPARTMENT OF THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL
ANNUAL REPORT
of the
SUPERINTENDENT OF
MOTOR-VEHICLES
FOR THE YEAR
1947
VICTORIA,   B.C. :
Printed by Don McDiaii.mii), Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1949.  Colonel the Honourable Charles A. Banks, C.M.G.,
Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of British Columbia.
May it please Your Honour :
I have the honour to transmit herewith the Report of the Superintendent of
Motor-vehicles for the year 1947.
G. S. WISMER,
Attorney-General.
Attorney-General's Department,
Victoria, B.C., December 31st, 194-8. Victoria, B.C., December 31st, 1948.
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 1947.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servant,
GEORGE A. HOOD,
Superintendent of Motor-vehicles. Report of the Superintendent of Motor-vehicles, 1947.
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 1947.
New motor-vehicles becoming more easily available, as a result of the manufacturers getting into full production of the same for civilian use, and the steady influx of
persons into this Province from other places, many of whom brought their motor-
vehicles with them, has resulted in a substantial increase in the number of licences
issued this year.
The number of motor-vehicles registered and licensed in this Province for the first
time this year totalled 30,989, which was an increase of 14,498 (87.9 per cent.) over
last year. This increase consisted of 11,205 (100.4 per cent.) in the number of passenger motor-vehicles and 3,293 (61.7 per cent.) in the number of commercial motor-
vehicles. Of the 22,362 passenger motor-vehicles registered for the first time in this
Province, 14,361 were new and 8,001 had been licensed elsewhere. While of the 8,627
commercial motor-vehicles registered for the first time in this Province, 7,214 were
new and 1,413 had been licensed elsewhere. This was an increase over last year of
7,521 (110 per cent.) in the number of new passenger motor-vehicles, an increase of
2,833 (64.6 per cent.) in the number of new commercial motor-vehicles, and an increase
of 3,684 (85.3 per cent.) in the number of used passenger motor-vehicles, as well as an
increase of 460 (48.2 per cent.) in the number of used commercial motor-vehicles which
had been licensed elsewhere.
Of the used motor-vehicles registered and licensed in this Province for the first
time this year, 9,020 (95.8 per cent.) had been previously licensed in other parts of
the Dominion—2,851 being previously licensed in Alberta, 2,631 in Saskatchewan, 1,942
in Ontario, 1,253 in Manitoba, and the balance in Quebec, the Maritime Provinces, and
the Yukon.
These motor-vehicles were brought into this Province from the following places:—
Place. Passenger. Commercial.
Alberta   2,342 509
Saskatchewan   2,129 502
Manitoba   1,101 152
Ontario   1,801 141
Quebec  .      173 3
New Brunswick         45 4
Nova Scotia         67 4
Prince Edward Island        10 	
Yukon  .        13 24
Total used-car registrations (Canadian)  7,681 1,339
Alabama   1                   	
Alaska  5 3
Arizona  3                   	
California   104 12
Colorado   1                   	
Georgia  2                   	
Hawaii   1                    	 Y 6
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
Idaho 	
Illinois 	
Iowa 	
Kansas 	
Louisiana 	
Maine	
Maryland	
Massachusetts
Michigan 	
Minnesota 	
Missouri 	
Montana 	
Passenger.
6
5
3
3
1
1
1
5
14
3
4
7
New Hampshire
New Jersey	
New York	
New Mexico	
North Dakota ___.
Ohio 	
Oregon 	
Pennsylvania __
South Carolina
South Dakota _
Texas 	
Virginia 	
Vermont 	
Washington	
Wisconsin	
5
9
1
1
5
23
4
1
1
1
1
1
81
4
Commercial.
4
4
1
41
Total used-car registrations (United States)     308
Great Britain         10
Mexico   2
74
Total used-car registrations, 1947 licence-
year   8,001
1,413
Motor-vehicle licences were also issued for 106,249 passenger motor-vehicles and
38,082 commercial motor-vehicles which had been previously licensed in this Province,
a total of 144,331, making a grand total of 175,320, which is an increase of 28,124
(19.1 per cent.) over the number licensed during the previous year.
With the exception of original salesmen's drivers' licences, an increase was
recorded in all types of licences and permits issued this year as compared with last
year.    These increases were as follows:—
Increase.
Number.
Passengers (new registrations)   11,205
Passengers (renewals) 	
Commercial (new registrations)
Commercial (renewals) 	
Non-resident touring motor-vehicle permits	
Non-resident special motor-vehicle permits	
Non-resident commercial motor-vehicle permits
8,329
3,293
5,297
772
134
133
Per Cent.
100.4
8.5
61.7
16.1
27.1
41.7
43.2 REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1947.
Y 7
Number. Per Cent.
Permits for temporary operation         326 73.4
Motor-cycle licences     1,321 43.5
Trailer licences     1,309 16.0
Original motor-dealers' licences         171 49.8
Additional plates, motor-dealers' licences .___         94 43.7
Original motor-cycle dealers' licences          27 300.0
Additional plates, motor-cycle dealers' licences __         13 1,300.0
Salesmen's licences         172 49.1
Transfers   32,378 57.1
Chauffeurs' Class " A " licences         736 26.0
Chauffeurs' Class " B " licences         736 21.2
Chauffeurs' Class " C " licences      6,238 19.1
White drivers' licences (original)      5,632 27.6
White drivers' licences  (renewals)    15,751 9.3
Chauffeurs' drivers' licences  (original)          603 13.2
Chauffeurs' drivers' licences (renewals)      6,406 22.7
Salesmen's drivers' licences (renewals)           98 45.6
Permits to minors     2,545 36.6
Learners' licences      2,396 59.2
Learners' permits         467 44.1
Motor-vehicle duplicate licences         972 39.7
For purposes of comparison, a statement of the licences, permits, etc., issued under
the " Motor-vehicle Act" during the years 1940 to 1947, inclusive, is given in the
following table:—
Comparative Statement of Licences, Permits, etc., issued during
the Licence-years 1940 to 1947, inclusive.
Licences issued.
1940.
1941.
1942.
1943.
1944.
1945.
1946.
1947.
Motor-vehicles—
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
22,362
106 249
101,452
105,410
100,582
98,920
99,063
99,421
109,077
128,611
  1
495
672
692
1
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
8,627
38,082
24,338
26,668
29,084
31,146
32,893
32,861
38,119
46,709
  1   	
837
1,279
1,494
1
125,790
132,078
129,666
130,066
131,956
132,282
147,196
175,320
1,332
1,951
2,186
4,213
4,139
2,919
3,332
2,697
2,790
2,450
3,422
Non-resident touring motor-vehicle per-
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
321
308
444
3,625
Non-resident special motor-vehicle per-
465
Non-resident commercial motor-vehicle
441
770
Motor-cycles—
478
1,776
48
337
2,084
63
981
2,246
35
237
3,069
18
184 i
2,950
22
306
2,200
45
761
2,277
55
1,652
2,712
100
2,254
2,421
3,227
3,306
3,134
2,506
3,038
4,364 Y 8
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
Comparative Statement of Licences, Permits, etc., issued during
the Licence-years 1940 to 1947, inclusive—Continued.
Licences issued.
1940.
1941.
1942.
1943.
1944.
1945.
1946.
1947.
3,753
27
4,165
24
4,169
19
5,041
19
5,539
17
6,276
39
8
231
224
6
3
8,178
45
2
343
215
11
9
2
350
9,487
55
26
Motor-dealers—
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
514
309
25
Original motor-cycle dealer licences....
38
13
193
1
193
522
Temporary   operation   of   motor-
92
131
Transfers—
35,794
8,932
1,918
197
42,094
11,686
2,585
363
69,250
16,886
2,595
375
72,388
68,604
47,677
53,822
49,566
46,841
56,728
89,106
Chauffeurs—
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
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
108
32,728
123
153
20,395
169,922
2,378
4,580
28,185
3
215
6,958
366
4,044
1,059
41,604
3,562
Substitutional Class "A"	
95
4,205
179
38,966
169
226
Drivers—
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
11,588
137,038
1,266
1,531
18,515
26,027
185,673
3,299
5,183
34,591
1
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
313
9,503
465
6,440
1,526
217,522 REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1947.
Y 9
DISTRIBUTION OF MOTOR-VEHICLES.
In the distribution of motor-vehicles throughout the Province, 136,572 (77.9 per
cent.) were licensed at Coast points and 38,748 (22.1 per cent.) were licensed at
Interior points this year.
The issuance of motor-vehicle licences, according to issuing office, is shown in the
following table:—
1947 Motor-vehicle Licences issued according to Issuing Offices.
Passenger Motor-vehicles.
Commercial Motor-vehicles.
Used.
New.
Renewal.
Total.
Used.
New.
Renewal.
Total.
Grand
Total.
3,251
898
1,677
145
186
292
189
79
114
64
157
46
58
94
107
68
63
41
87
149
21
22
10
46
23
16
10
7
11
17
12
7
7
6
9
1
9
1
1
6,623
1,943
1,716
543
280
174
266
249
277
308
253
221
242
239
119
195
41
25
64
61
46
87
29
35
46
35
22
51
47
33
13
10
22
7
8
18
12
1
37,416
22,059
18,484
2,791
2,255
2;059
1,868
2,080
1,702
1,381
1,363
1,381
1,576
1,252
691
665
670
716
519
554
597
394
334
301
345
334
289
280
259
312
260
266
214
146
132
97
85
81
19
22
47,290
24,900
21,877
3,479
2,721
2,525
2,323
2,408
2,093
1,753
1,773
1,648
1,876
1,585
917
928
774
782
670
764
664
503
373
382
414
385
321
338
317
362
285
283
243
159
149
116
94
94
20
23
235
72
309
34
53
54
33
16
25
23
46
12
13
23
100
44
22
14
47
119
8
8
11
28
7
7
2
6
9
9
4
2
5
3
2
2
3
3
2,732
940
837
211
257
148
199
111
120
133
138
129
105
109
164
156
46
53
86
80
45
44
32
37
34
36
36
32
47
26
9
11
20
10
12
12
8
6
2
1
9,922
7,034
5,928
995
1,290
1,133
863
687
574
850
689
846
494
415
920
542
439
404
429
263
259
311
309
250
218
219
266
217
203
143
212
165
117
124
91
103
54
49
28
19
8
12,889
8,046
7,074
1,240
1,600
1,335
1,095
814
719
1,006
873
987
612
547
1,184
742
507
471
562
462
312
363
352
315
259
262
304
255
259
178
225
178
142
137
105
117
65
58
30
20
8
60,179
32,946
28,951
4,719
Vernon	
4,321
3,860
3,418
3,222
2,812
2,759
2,646
2,635
2,488
2,132
2.101
1,670
1,281
1,253
1,232
1,226
976
866
Fort Fraser	
725
697
673
647
625
593
576
540
510
461
385
296
254
233
159
152
50
43
8
8,001
14,361
106,249
128,611
1,413
7,214
38,082
46,709
175,320
As a sharp increase of 43.2 per cent, was registered this year in the mail issuance
out of the Victoria office to points outside the Victoria area, the totals of 24,900 passenger motor-vehicle licences and 8,046 commercial motor-vehicle licences shown as
being issued at the Victoria office are not the number of motor-vehicles licensed in the
Victoria area, which amounted to 18,062 passenger motor-vehicles and 5,380 commercial
motor-vehicles, a total of 23,442 motor-vehicles. Y 10 BRITISH COLUMBIA.
Motor-vehicle licences issued by mail through the Victoria office to persons residing
outside the Victoria area were as follows:—                         PaSsenger. commercial.
Vancouver   3,828 1,270
New Westminster       254 49
Vancouver Island and Islands      631 225
Balance of Province   2,085 941
Out of Province        40 181
Totals   6,838 2,666
REVENUE.
The total revenue collected this year from licences, permits, and fees under the
" Motor-vehicle Act," with the exception of fees for drivers' examinations, amounted to
$4,923,709.02, which is an increase of $1,413,790.46 or 40.2 per cent. Of this increase
$507,599.63 was occasioned by the replacement of the 20-per-cent. rebate allowed on the
licences of passenger motor-vehicles during the war period owing to the restrictions
imposed on gasoline. However, taking this into consideration, the increase in the
revenue from licences, permits, and fees showed a net increase of $906,190.83.
Of the $4,923,709.02 collected, $3,523,123.26 (71.5 per cent.) was collected through
the offices of this Branch as follows:—
Vancouver   $1,777,603.66
Victoria         838,467.73
New Westminster       480,829.82
Chilliwack         142,170.18
Mission   85,993.36
Kamloops   70,796.80
Trail   68,940.71
Nelson   58,321.00
Total   $3,523,123.26
The balance of $1,400,585.76 was collected through various Government Agencies
throughout the Province and Police Detachments collecting and reporting through such
Agencies and offices of this Branch.
The amount collected for drivers' examinations during the same period was
$33,230, which was an increase over the previous year of $6,131 or 22.6 per cent. Of
this amount, $14,813 (44.6 per cent.) was collected by the Vancouver Motor Licence
Office, $3,537 (10.6 per cent.) by the New Westminster Motor Licence Office, $1,082
(3.2 per cent.) by the Chilliwack Motor Licence Office, $1,572 (4.7 per cent.) by the
Mission Motor Licence Office, $626 (1.9 per cent.) by the Kamloops Motor Licence
Office, $423 (1.3 per cent.) by the Nelson Motor Licence Office, $631 (1.9 per cent.) by
the Trail Motor Licence Office, and $10,546 (31.8 per cent.) by the Victoria Motor
Licence Office and travelling units working at different points throughout the Province
and reporting to such office.
In addition to the above, $24,032.55 was collected by the headquarter's office of this
Branch 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 a sharp increase of $13,756.70 or
133.8 per cent, over the amount collected from this source during the previous year.
A slight increase of 7.15 per cent, was registered this year in the number of
refunds made, such refunds totalling 1,633 as compared with 1,524 last year.    The REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1947.
Y 11
amount refunded this year was $15,035.18, an increase of $3,478.57 (30.1 per cent.)
over the amount refunded last year, such increase being made up of $2,724.10 for
refunds of a proportion of the motor-vehicle licence fee upon relinquishment of the
licence owing to the destruction of the motor-vehicle or its permanent removal from
the Province, $455.99 upon surrender of the motor-vehicle licence under the provisions
of the " Motor-vehicle Act " allowing persons residing east of the Cascade Mountains to
surrender their licences at the end of October, November, or December, and $298.48
for other miscellaneous refunds.
For purposes of comparison, the following table gives particulars of the types of
refunds made during the licence-years 1946 and 1947:—
Type of Refund.
Number.        Amount.
1947.
Number.        Amount.
Remitted by Order in Council	
Licences taken out in error (overcharge, etc.)	
Registration fees paid twice	
Motor-cycle licences (overpaid)	
Substitution fees (paid in error)	
Dealers' licences (relinquished)	
Trailer licences (overpaid)	
Transfer fees (overpaid)	
Drivers' licences and duplicates (paid in error)	
Chauffeurs' licences (issued in error)	
Drivers' examination fees (paid twice)	
Refunds, section 4 (4)   (6)	
Sub-totals	
Relinquishment refunds, section 13 (2)	
Seasonal refunds, section 50 (October 31st, one-third)	
Seasonal refunds, section 50 (November 30th, one-quarter)
Seasonal refunds, section 50 (December 31st, one-sixth)	
Sub-totals	
Total of refunds	
7
373
58
7
4
36
15
29
28
2
2
424
126
332
81
1,524
$198.76
3,653.66
575.00
13.86
28.19
209.35
11.25
28,25
55.00
2.00
50.00
313
40
2
6
6
17
15
14
10
21
$78.34
3,914.70
395.00
6.00
9.00
36.25
236.50
11.25
13.25
26.00
397.51
$4,825.32
447
$5,123.!
$3,727,24
1,025.68
1,677.23
301.14
709
175
224
78
$6,451.34
1,678.67
1,448.27
333.10
$6,731.29
1,186
),911.3
$11,556.61
1,633
$15,035.18 Y 12
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
EXAMINATION OF MOTOR-VEHICLE DRIVERS.
This year 30,803 drivers' examinations were completed, of which 25,923 or 84.16
per cent, were completed by male applicants and 4,880 or 15.84 per cent, were completed
by female applicants. This was an increase of 4,321 (20 per cent.) in the number of
drivers' examinations completed by male applicants this year and an increase of 1,493
(44 per cent.) in the number completed by female applicants over last year.
While the age-groups of female applicants remains practically the same this year,
there was a decrease of 5.3 per cent, in the 22-30 age-group as well as an increase of
2 per cent, in the 15-21 age-group and 2.3 per cent, in the 31-40 age-group of male
applicants.
For purposes of comparison the various age-groups of applicants who completed
drivers' examinations in 1946 and 1947 are shown in the following table:—
Drivers' Examinations according to Age-group, 1946 and 1947.
Male.
Female.
Age-group.
1946.
1947.
1946.
1947.
Number.
Per Cent.
Number.
Per Cent.
Number.
Per Cent.
Number.
Per Cent.
15 to 21	
5,034
8,221
4,103
2,178
1,298
374
394
22.30
38.06
19.00
10.08
6.00
1.73
1.83
6,302
8,483
5,522
2,831
1,678
505
602
24.31
32.74
21.30
10.92
6.47
1.94
2.32
600
1,301
917
374
154
32
9
17.70
38.40
27.10
11.08
4.50
0.95
0.27
788
1,855
1,443
540
201
36
17
16.20
22 to 30	
38.00
31 to 40 	
29.60
41 to 50    	
11.00
51 to 60        	
4.10
61 to 64	
0.75
0.35
Totals       	
21,602
100.00
25,923
100.00
3,387
100.00
4,880
100.00
An increase was also registered this year in the number of applicants for Class
"A" and Class " B " chauffeurs' licences, 1,006 written examinations being given to
applicants for Class "A" chauffeurs' licences, an increase of 25 per cent, over the number given last year, and 914 road tests were carried out in connection therewith, an
increase of 27.6 per cent. Written examinations were also given to 2,093 applicants
for Class " B " chauffeurs' licences, an increase of 18.3 per cent, over the number given
last year, and 1,595 road tests were carried out in connection therewith, an increase of
24.6 per cent. Driving tests were also given to 1,988 minors in connection with their
applications for minors' permits, which was an increase of 9.9 per cent, over the number
so given last year.
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the Army and Navy, as well as the number of certificates endorsed therefore, again
showed a sharp decrease this year, a decrease of 33.4 per cent, being recorded in the
number of drivers' examinations and a decrease of 50.7 per cent, in the number of
certificates endorsed. REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1947.
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CONVICTIONS.
Again this year a sharp increase was recorded in the number of convictions under
the provisions of the " Motor-vehicle Act " and regulations and section 285 of the
Criminal Code of Canada, there being 8,630 such convictions as compared with 6,804
last year, an increase of 26.8 per cent. Convictions recorded under section 285 of the
Criminal Code totalled 1,381 or 16 per cent, of the total convictions, the balance of 7,249
(84 per cent.) being under the "Motor-vehicle Act" and regulations; and of these,
6,770 (78.4 per cent.) were under the " Motor-vehicle Act" and 479 (5.6 per cent.)
were under the " Motor-vehicle Act " regulations.
Last year 89.3 per cent, of the convictions reported were for violations which
occurred in municipalities. This year 7,659 or 88.7 per cent, of the convictions reported
were for violations which occurred in municipalities, the balance of 971 being for violations which occurred in unorganized territory. This was an increase over last year of
1,584 (26.07 per cent.) in the number of convictions reported from municipalities and
an increase of 242 (33.2 per cent.) in the number reported from unorganized territory.
Of the convictions reported, 66.7 per cent, were for violations relating to speed,
there being 5,770 of these this year as compared with 4,530 last year, an increase of
1,240 or 27.3 per cent. A sharp increase of 111.1 per cent, was recorded in the number
of persons convicted for driving while intoxicated, there being 133 convicted of this
offence this year as compared with 63 last year. There was also an increase of 46.8
per cent, in the number of persons who were convicted of failing to report motor-
vehicle accidents; an increase of 25 per cent, in the number of persons who were convicted of taking motor-vehicles without the owner's consent; an increase of 48.9 per
cent, in the number of persons who were convicted for failing to produce a driver's
licence upon request; an increase of 76.8 per cent, in the number of persons who were
convicted of operating motor-vehicles without the necessary motor-vehicle licences;
and an increase of 191.2 per cent, in the number of persons who were convicted for
driving a motor-vehicle without tail-lights.
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 1944 to 1947, inclusive, are given in the
following table:—
Convictions under " Motor-vehicle Act " and Section 285,
Criminal Code, 1944-47.
Offence.
1945.
1947.
Failing to stop after accident	
Unlawfully taking a motor-vehicle	
Driving a motor-vehicle while intoxicated	
Operating a vehicle equipped with apparatus for making a smoke screen
Failing 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	
Failing to register as a tourist  	
Employing unlicensed chauffeur —	
Operating without driver's licence or failing 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 in cities, etc	
Failing to report accident, etc	
Operating motor-vehicle without minor's permit	
36
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33
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57
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440
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52
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60
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310
1,374
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Convictions under " Motor-vehicle Act " and Section 285,
Criminal Code, 1944-47—Continued.
Offence.
1944.
1945.
1946.
1947.
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	
Transporting animals unprotected	
Failing 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	
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 using 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 motor-vehicle and trailer	
Failing to submit motor-vehicle for inspection and testing	
Permitting   employees   to   drive   motor-vehicle   without   being   properly
licensed, etc	
Letting motor-vehicles for hire without complying with requirements	
Holding two current drivers' licences	
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8,630
SUSPENSIONS AND CANCELLATIONS.
In addition to the number of licences suspended under the financial responsibility
provisions of the " Motor-vehicle Act" this year, it was found necessary to suspend
drivers' licences, or the right to obtain drivers' licences, in 1,902 cases. This was an
increase of 396 or 26.2 per cent, over the number it was found necessary to deal with
in this manner last year.
The majority of the drivers' licences which had to be dealt with in this manner
were, again this year, held by minors, and these amounted to 1,217 or 63.9 per cent, of
the total dealt with. Suspensions for driving to the common danger totalled 382 or
20 per cent, of the total. This was an increase of 107 or 38.9 per cent, over the number
so suspended last year. There was a sharp increase of 190 per cent, in the number of
drivers' licences suspended for driving whilst intoxicated, there being 87 suspended
this year as compared with 30 last year. There was also a sharp increase of 144.4
per cent, in the number of drivers' licences suspended for manslaughter, 22 being
suspended in this connection this year as compared with 9 last year. It was found
necessary last year to suspend the drivers' licences or the right to obtain drivers' REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1947.
Y 17
licences of 22 persons who, upon examination, were found unfit to drive motor-vehicles.
This year it was found necessary to suspend the drivers' licences or the right to obtain
drivers' licences of 40 persons in this connection, an increase of 81.8 per cent.
An increase of 100 per cent, was also registered in the number of drivers' licences
which were suspended owing to the holders of the same failing to appear for examination, 78 being dealt with in this manner this year as compared with 39 last year.
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suspensions, are given in the following table:—
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229
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29
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136
54
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1,902
Under the financial responsibility sections of the " Motor-vehicle Act," 1,816
drivers' licences and 788 motor-vehicle licences were suspended. This was an increase
of 261 (16.7 per cent.) in the number of drivers' licences but a decrease of 14 (1.7 per
cent.) in the number of motor-vehicle licences so suspended last year.
Upon the necessary proof of financial responsibility being submitted, or upon the
bona-fide sale of the motor-vehicle concerned being made to other persons, 1,209
drivers' licences and 474 motor-vehicle licences were reinstated during the year. This
was a decrease of 19 (1.5 per cent.) in the number of drivers' licences and a decrease of
241  (33.7 per cent.)  in the number of motor-vehicle licences so reinstated last year. Y 18
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
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 are given in the following table:—
Reason.
Drivers' Licences.
Motor-vehicle Licences.
Suspended.
Reinstated.
Suspended.
Reinstated.
346
520
654
88
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57
29
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36
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347
497
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236
316
38
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134
203
20
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Driving while driver's licence under suspension (with accident)..
Section 53, " Motor-vehicle Act " (damage over $25)          	
Totals	
1,816
1,209
788
474
MOTOR-VEHICLE ACCIDENTS.
With the increase in motor-vehicle traffic, both from a point of view of distance
travelled and the number of motor-vehicles being operated this year, it was to be
expected that the number of reportable motor-vehicle accidents would be as much as
last year. However, I regret to have to report that such accidents increased by 33y3
per cent, this year, there being 13,056 as compared with 9,792 last year.
As a result of these accidents 197 persons lost their lives, an increase in fatalities
of 34 per cent, over last year, when 147 persons were fatally injured, and 4,489 persons
received non-fatal injuries, which was an increase of 14.5 per cent, over the number so
injured last year, which amounted to 3,920 persons. This is the largest number of
persons killed and injured through motor-vehicle accidents which has ever been
recorded in this Province. Property damage caused from the motor-vehicle accidents
this year amounted to $2,002,855.18, which was an increase of $650,184.22 or 48.1 per
cent, over the amount of property damage so caused last year and was also the largest
amount which has ever been recorded in this Province.
For purposes of comparison a brief summary of motor-vehicle accidents occurring
in this Province during the past ten years is given in Appendix I, from which it will
be noted that during that period there were 68,848 reportable motor-vehicle accidents
resulting in 1,270 persons losing their lives, 29,744 persons receiving non-fatal injuries,
and property damage amounting to $8,653,665.53 being caused.
The largest group of accidents reported this year resulted from collisions between
motor-vehicles, these amounting to 8,638 or 66.1 per cent, of the total. These accidents
resulted in 1,827 or 40.7 per cent, of the persons injured and 28 or 14.2 per cent, of the
fatalities. The next largest group of accidents were those which were non-collision
accidents, and these amounted to 1,069 or 8.1 per cent, of the total accidents. These
accidents resulted in 621 or 13.8 per cent, of the persons injured and 49 or 24.8 per
cent, of the fatalities. Collisions of motor-vehicles with pedestrians was the third
largest group, amounting to 1,054 or 8 per cent, of the total accidents. These accidents
resulted in 1,011 or 22.5 per cent, of the persons injured and 72 or 36.6 per cent, of the
fatalities. REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1947. Y 19
As has been the case for some considerable time, the peak hours for accidents this
year were between 4 and 6 p.m. However, the most fatal hour this year was between
midnight and 1 a.m., there being 422 accidents during this period, of which 13 were
fatal accidents. Saturday was the day on which most accidents occurred this year,
2,595 taking place on that day.
This year 21,381 motor-vehicles were involved in reportable motor-vehicle accidents, and of this number 14,445 (67.5 per cent.) were of the private passenger type,
3,593 (16.8 per cent.) were trucks, and 1,434 (6.7 per cent.) were deliveries. Private
passenger-type motor-vehicles were involved in 51.2 per cent, of the fatal accidents,
65.2 per cent, of those accidents resulting in non-fatal injuries, and 68.3 per cent, of the
accidents resulting in property damage only. Trucks were involved in 67 (32.3 per
cent.) of the fatal accidents, 632 (13.9 per cent.) of the accidents resulting in non-fatal
personal injuries, and 2,894 (17.3 per cent.) of the accidents resulting in property
damage only. Deliveries were involved in 17 (8.2 per cent.) of the fatal accidents,
349 (7.7 per cent.) of the accidents resulting in non-fatal injuries, and 1,068 (6.4 per
cent.) of the accidents resulting in property damage only.
Last year there were 40 motor-vehicle accidents at railroad crossings, and this year
56 such accidents occurred, an increase of 16 or 40 per cent. Of these accidents 7
(12.5 per cent.) were fatal accidents, 21 (37.5 per cent) resulted in non-fatal injuries,
and 28 (50 per cent.) resulted in property damage only. This was an increase of 75
per cent, in the number of fatal accidents, 133.3 per cent, in the number of accidents
resulting in non-fatal injuries, and 3.7 per cent, in the number of accidents resulting
in property damage only as compared with last year. Again the large majority of
these accidents (75 per cent.) occurred at unguarded crossings, and there were no such
accidents at crossings where an automatic signalling device had been installed.
The largest group of drivers involved in motor-vehicle accidents were those who
had been driving motor-vehicles for five years and over, these amounting to 83.2 per
cent, of the total number, and such drivers were involved in 66.7 per cent, of the fatal
accidents, 81.1 per cent of the accidents resulting in non-fatal injuries, and 65.4 per
cent of the accidents resulting in property damage only.
There were 111 drivers who were intoxicated when involved in motor-vehicle accidents, and these were involved in 1 fatal accident, 25 accidents resulting in non-fatal
injuries, and 85 accidents resulting in property damage only. There were also 197
drivers involved in motor-vehicle accidents who were in a condition of extreme fatigue,
and these drivers were involved in 6 fatal accidents, 61 accidents resulting in non-fatal
injuries, and 130 accidents resulting in property damage only.
Of the drivers involved in motor-vehicle accidents, 93.8 per cent, were licensed in
this Province, and these drivers were involved in 79.2 per cent, of the fatal accidents,
92.2 per cent, of the accidents resulting in non-fatal injuries, and 93.8 per cent, of the
accidents resulting in property damage only. However, there were 349 unlicensed
drivers involved in motor-vehicle accidents, of which 14 accidents were fatal and 122
resulted in non-fatal injuries; and there were also 890 non-resident drivers involved
in motor-vehicle accidents, of which 13 were fatal and 212 resulted in non-fatal injuries.
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 largest group of fatalities.
A sharp increase of 53.1 per cent, was recorded in the number of pedestrians who
were fatally injured in motor-vehicle accidents, 72 pedestrians losing their lives this
year through motor-vehicle accidents as compared with 47 last year. The highest
fatalities suffered by pedestrians were those in which the pedestrians were walking on
or along the highway and also those in which the pedestrian was crossing a street Y 20 BRITISH COLUMBIA.
diagonally. Approximately one-third of the pedestrians, 19 of whom received fatal
injuries and 339 non-fatal injuries, were so injured through not exercising proper care.
Of those who were injured in motor-vehicle accidents the largest group consisted
of passengers, these totalling 2,057, of whom 54 were fatally injured; the next largest
group was pedestrians, of whom 72 received fatal injuries and 1,014 non-fatal injuries;
and the third largest group were drivers, of whom 43 received fatal injuries and 921
non-fatal injuries.
Fractures were again the cause of the majority of the deaths, 78 per cent, of those
who received fractured skulls dying as a result thereof; while of those who received
internal injuries, 33% per cent, lost their lives.
For some time now accidents occurring during the hours of darkness have been
more than twice as fatal as those occurring during daylight hours, but this year one
accident in every 86 occurring during daylight hours was fatal as compared with one
accident in every 75 during the hours of darkness being fatal.
In the majority of accidents the motor-vehicles involved were in apparently good
condition. However, there were 276 motor-vehicles which had defective brakes, and
these motor-vehicles were involved in 4 fatal accidents, 69 accidents resulting in nonfatal injuries, and 203 in property damage only. There were also 223 motor-vehicles
which had headlight defects, and of this group 106 which had dim headlights were
involved in three fatal accidents, 32 accidents resulting in non-fatal injury, and 71 in
property damage only. Of the 48 motor-vehicles which had their tail-lights out or
obscured 2 were involved in fatal accidents, 14 accidents resulting in non-fatal personal
injury, and 32 in property damage only.
Of the 13,056 reportable motor-vehicle accidents which took place in this Province
this year 8,800 or 67.4 per cent, occurred in city municipalities, and these accidents
resulted in 77 or 39 per cent, of the persons who received fatal injuries, 2,639 or 58.7
per cent, of the persons receiving non-fatal injuries, and $1,050,503.80 or 52.4 per cent,
of the property damage caused. This was an increase of 2,238 or 34.1 per cent, in the
number of motor-vehicle accidents, an increase of 28 or 57.1 per cent, in the number of
persons who received fatal injuries, an increase of 379 or 16.8 per cent, in the number
of persons who received non-fatal injuries, and an increase of $294,986.67 or 39.1 per
cent, in the amount of property damage caused in city municipalities as compared with
last year.
With the exception of Armstrong, Fernie, Grand Forks, Kaslo, Nelson, North Vancouver, Salmon Arm, and Slocan, all city municipalities show an increase over last year
in the number of motor-vehicle accidents occurring within their boundaries. The
greatest increase was shown in the city of Kimberley, which had an increase of 440
per cent., and the next greatest increase was in the city of Port Moody, which had an
increase of 183 per cent, in the number of accidents. The greatest decrease was shown
in Salmon Arm and Slocan, neither of which city municipality had a reportable motor-
vehicle accident, and the next greatest decrease was in Fernie, which had a decrease of
45.5 per cent, in the number of motor-vehicle accidents this year as compared with last
year.
Reportable motor-vehicle accidents occurring in district municipalities this year
totalled 1,882 or 14.4 per cent, of the total accidents, and these accidents resulted in
53 or 26.9 per cent, of the persons who received fatal injuries, 837 or 18.6 per cent, of
the persons who received non-fatal injuries, and $379,070.28 or 18.9 per cent, of the
property damage caused.
This was an increase of 404 or 27.3 per cent, in the number of accidents, an
increase of 19 or 56 per cent, in the number of persons fatally injured, an increase of REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1947.
Y 21
47 or 6 per cent, in the number of persons receiving non-fatal injuries, and an increase
of $115,424.16 or 43.8 per cent, in the amount of property damage as compared with
last year.
All district municipalities show an increase in the number of reportable motor-
vehicle accidents, with the exception of Esquimalt, Fraser Mills, Glenmore, Sumas,
Summerland, and Tadanac. The largest increase was shown in Pitt Meadows, which
had an increase of 200 per cent., and the next largest increase was in West Vancouver,
which had an increase of 121 per cent. The largest decrease was in Glenmore, which
did not have any reportable motor-vehicle accidents this year, and the next largest
decrease was in Tadanac, whose reportable motor-vehicle accidents decreased by 54.5
per cent.
There was also an increase in motor-vehicle accidents occurring in village municipalities and unorganized portions of the Province, in which 2,374 or 18.1 per cent, of
the total motor-vehicle accidents took place. These accidents resulted in 67 or 34 per
cent, of the persons who received fatal injuries, 1,013 or 22.5 per cent, of the persons
who received non-fatal injuries, and $573,281.10 or 28.6 per cent, of the total property
damage caused. This was an increase of 622 or 35.4 per cent, in the number of reportable motor-vehicle accidents, an increase of 3 or 5 per cent, in the number of persons
fatally injured, an increase of 143 or 16.4 per cent, in the number of persons receiving
non-fatal injuries, and an increase of $239,773.39 or 71.9 per cent, in the amount of
property damage 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 this Province during the calendar years 1944 to 1947, inclusive:—
1944.
1945.
1946.
1947.
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
176,296
13,056
21,381
197
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
4,489
$2,002,855.18
$93.67
As will be noted from Appendix V the majority of drivers involved in motor-
vehicle accidents had a driving experience of five years and over, were in an apparently
normal condition, operating motor-vehicles whose condition was apparently good, in a
straight direction on a dry surface in clear weather and under road conditions which
were normal, from which it would seem that a very large number of these motor-
vehicle accidents are the direct result of carelessness.
" BILLS OF SALE ACT," " CONDITIONAL SALES ACT," " MECHANICS'
LIEN ACT," AND SECTION 134, " COMPANIES ACT."
The sharp increase recorded during 1946 in the number of documents filed under
the above-mentioned Acts, as well as in the number of searches made thereunder, has
more than doubled during 1947, the total number of items attended to this year being
41,481 as compared with 18,739 in 1946, an increase of 22,742 or 121.9 per cent.
Revenue collected in this connection also showed an increase of $18,390.20 (121.3 per
cent.), the sum of $33,474.05 being collected this year as compared with $15,083.85 so
collected last year. Y 22
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
For purposes of comparison, the number of registrations and releases filed as well
as the number of searches made and the revenue collected under the above-mentioned
Acts during this year and last year are given in the following table:—
Item.
1946.
1947.
Increase.
Decrease.
Per
Cent.
5,919
3,649
111
44
911
170
256
3,816
3,853
10
16,184
6,956
258
40
1,177
230
456
8,058
8,105
17
10,265
3,307
147
4
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90.4
132.4
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60
200
4,242
4,252
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35.3
78.1
111.2
110.4
70.0
18,739
41,481
22,742
121.9
$8,879.50
4,808.00
1,311.25
44.00
41.10
$21,133.50
9,441.50
2,832.05
40.00
27.00
$12,254.00
4,633.50
1,520.80
$4.00
14.10
138.0
Value of law-stamps attached to documents when received
Value of Bills of Sale and conditional sale search tickets sold..
96.4
115.9
9.1
34.3
$15,083.85
$33,474.05
$18,390.20
121.3
SCHOOL BUSES.
This year 433 school-bus permits were issued in respect to the operation of motor-
vehicles used for the transporting of school-children. This was an increase of 87 or
25.1 per cent, over the number of permits issued last year for such operation.
With new equipment becoming available the older equipment is now being replaced,
and during this year 105 new pieces of equipment were put into operation for this
purpose.
It was necessary during the year to suspend four school-bus permits, owing to the
mechanical condition of the vehicles for which the same were issued becoming unfit for
the transportation of school-children. However, one of such permits was later reinstated when the vehicle in question had been brought up to the required standards of
this Branch.
Out of the 340 inspections made by the mechanical inspectors of the British Columbia Provincial Police, it was found that steering was defective in 108 cases and brakes
in 58 cases.
As of June this year the Motor Carrier Branch of the Public Utilities Commission
took over the inspecting of those vehicles which are operated in dual capacity, i.e., as
school buses and as passenger carriers. Inspections were made by them in 67 cases,
in which it was found that steering was defective in 18 cases and brakes defective in
7 cases.
In all cases where defects were found the necessary instructions were issued and
such defects were remedied immediately.
During the year school buses were involved in twenty-three accidents which
resulted in property damage amounting to $1,500 being caused and one passenger
being injured.
STAFF.
With the increase in the amount of work, it has been necessary to increase our
staff to handle the same, and this year 143 persons were employed as at the 31st of
December, as compared with 107 on the 31st of December, 1946, an increase of 36 or
33.6 per cent. REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1947.
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There has also been a very substantial increase in the amount of information, etc.,
supplied to Police Departments in connection with their work, and assistance has also
been rendered to other Departments, particularly to the Motor Carrier Branch, for
whom we file financial responsibility certificates in connection with passenger-carrying
motor-vehicles and advise them as to cancellations, etc., in connection therewith, as well
as the checking of transfers of motor-vehicles in connection with motor-carrier plates,
the forwarding of particulars of temporary permits for foreign motor-vehicles delivering goods within the Province or carrying passengers for hire, 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 to 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,
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Your obedient servant,
GEO. A. HOOD,
Superintendent of Motor-vehicles. Y 24
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.S -5 REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1947.
Y 29
Statistical Summary—Motor-vehicle Accidents—Continued.
Number op Accidents.
2.                               Hour of Occurrence.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
422
359
297
216
104
72
110
356
554
485
615
685
517
540
739
834
1,126
1,259
696
658
593
486
525
677
131
13
5
5
4
1
3
4
2
8
6
7
7
5
7
8
16
10
5
8
13
7
10
17
7
97
89
86
53
33
20
34
62
78
83
110
148
127
114
159
206
296
361
207
192
176
120
168
178
35
312
265
206
159
71
51
73
290
474
9 to 10 a.m	
394
10 to 11 a.m	
499
11 to 12     m	
530
383
421
573
620
814
888
6 to    7 p.m	
484
458
404
9 to 10 p.m	
359
10 to 11 p.m           	
347
11 to 12 p.m	
482
89
Totals	
13,056
178
3,232
9,646
Number of Accidents.
3.                                Day of Occurrence.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
1,658
1,716
1,665
1,943
1,638
1,831
2,595
10
26
18
21
29
16
26
42
464
462
409
417
384
427
666
3
1,168
1,236
1,235
1,497
1,238
1,378
1 887
7
Totals	
13,056
178
3,232
9,646
Number of Vehicles involved.
4.                          Type of Vehicles involved.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
14,445
320
26
955
335
1,434
256
3,593
17
106
6
3
5
17
2
67
1
2,955
235
5
206
88
349
53
632
4
11,384
4. Taxi	
5. Bus	
1,068
2,894
Totals 	
21,381
207
4,527
16,647 Y 30
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
Statistical Summary—Motor-vehicle Accidents—Continued.
Number of Accidents.
5.                                Railroad Crossings.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
3
42
4
7
4
2
1
2
17
1
1
21
5
Totals	
56
7
21
28
Description of.
Number
of Drivers.
6.                      Drivers involved,
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
20,207
1,087
87
194
7
6
1
4,329
192
6
15,684
888
75
Totals	
21,381
207
4,527
16,647
Age of Driver.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
368
4,209
9,836
4,064
1,789
653
462
	
55
97
25
15
6
9
112
984
2,036
837
348
134
76
256
3.170
7,703
3,202
1,426
513
377
Driving Experience.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
110
138
190
2,808
17,802
333
1
3
1
29
138
35
33
40
47
663
3,674
70
76
95
142
2,116
13,990
228
Condition of Driver.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
Ill
43
197
19,619
90
1,321
1
6
152
1
47
1
25
13
61
4,132
15
281
85
30
130
15,335
74
5. Other    	
Licence of Driver.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
20,061
349
890
81
164
14
13
16
1
4,175
122
212
18
15,722 REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1947.
Y 31
Statistical Summary—Motor-vehicle Accidents—Continued.
Number
of Drivers.
7.           Action of Driver contributing to Accident.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
690
26
1,023
2,426
1,673
29
827
52
250
170
312
349
1,555
3
587
311
341
1,398
53
14
1
7
8
2
1
1
1
3
2
32
5
2
7
205
7
208
434
179
5
132
10
28
44
54
81
441
1
83
15
77
150
19
471
18
808
1,984
1,492
24
694
41
221
126
255
266
1,082
2
499
294
264
1,248
27
Totals.                                      	
12,075
86
2,173
9,816
8. Amount of property damage for period covered by this report, $2,002,855.18.
Pedestrians involved, Actions of.
Number of Pedestrians.
'otal.
Fatal.
26
1         [
16
          1
40
          [
39
1
150
7
16
186
11
16
1
3
	
13
83
12
80
3
93
12
122
6
203
18
Personal
Injury.
Getting on or off a street-car	
Getting on or off another vehicle	
Crossing at intersection with signal	
Crossing at intersection against signal
Crossing at intersection—no signal	
Standing on safety-isle	
In street—not at intersection	
Working on car or roadway	
Riding or hitching on vehicle	
Not on roadway	
Walking on or along highway	
Playing in street	
Crossing street diagonally	
Coming from behind vehicle	
Not known	
Totals	
25
16
40
38
143
16
175
15
3
13
71
77
81
116
185
1,086
1,014 Y 32
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
Statistical Summary—Motor-vehicle Accidents—Continued.
Number of Pedestrians.
Condition of Pedestrian.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
74
23
54
52
358
265
260
1
3
1
8
19
9
31
73
20
53
44
339
256
229
Totals	
1.036                         72
1,014
10.
Classification of Victims.
Number op Victims.
1. Drivers	
2. Passengers	
3. Pedestrians	
4. Others  (persons in horse-drawn vehicles, etc.)
5. Bicyclists	
6. Motor-cycle drivers	
7. Motor-cycle passengers	
8. Not stated	
Totals	
964
43
921
2,057
54
2,003
1,086*
72
1,014
42
4
38
276t
10
266
194 {
12
182
59$
59
8
2
6
.686
197
.,489
* Three pedestrians injured in other than pedestrian accidents.
t Four persons not bicyclists, injured in bicycle accidents.
X Thirty motor-cyclists injured and three motor-cyclists killed in other than motor-cycle accidents.
11.
Nature of Injuries.
Number of Victims.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
1. Fractured skull	
2. Fractured spine	
3. Other fractures .'.	
4. Concussion of brain	
5. Severe general shock with bruises and cuts.
6. Slight shock and shake-up	
7. Internal injuries	
8. Other injuries  (sprains, dislocations, etc.)...
9. Cuts by glass  (only)	
10. Drowned	
11. Burned	
12. Asphyxiated	
13. Not stated	
Totals	
499
41
608
2,709
42
309
29
7
7
2
333
4.686
35
2
5
14
1
7
2
2
51
197
22
464
39
603
2,709
28
308
29
5
282
12.
Light Conditions.
Number of Accidents.
Personal
Property
Injury.
Damage only.
7,477
87
1,731
5,659
909
6
224
679
1,153
8
282
863
793
17
256
520
2,573
41
703
1,829
151
19
36
96
1. Daylight	
2. Dusk	
3. Artificial light—good.
4. Artificial light—poor.
5. Darkness	
6. Not stated	
Totals	
13,055 REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1947.
Y 33
Statistical Summary—Motor-vehicle Accidents—Continued.
13.                   Condition of Vehicles involved.
Number of Vehicles.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
276
4
69
39
16
203
118
54
26
11
49
71
32
414
69
15,322
278
158
73
34
1
3
3. Other defects        	
8
5. Head-light out (1 light)	
17
                            6
6. Headlights out (both)	
66
106
48
498
97
19,593
415
1 16
3                         32
2 14
1                         83
28
163         |         4,108
29                     108
8. Tail-light out or obscured	
12. Not stated	
Totals        	
21,381
207                  4,527
16,647
14.                               Direction of Travel.
Number of Vehicles.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
13,151
116
3,066
334
548
68
251
89
83
88
9.959
1.117
2,003
551
2,021
405
297
284
1,466
2,573
630
2,281
496
383
401
15
22
11
9
2
3
29
3. Turning left        	
Totals	
21,381
207
4,527
16,647
15.                                   Road Surface.
Number of Accidents.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
6,867                         98                   1,848
3,862        j              35                     900
tit                                                  22
529         1                 4         j               88
918 "      |               11                       133
436                         2         [            138
331         |               28         [             103
4,921
2,927
9
437
774
296
200
6. Loose sand or gravel	
13,056         |             178         |         3,232
1
9,646
16.                                 Road Condition.
Number of Accidents.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
290
202
234
10,801
299
1,230
2
1
127
8
40
92
44
58
2,651
70
317
196
158
175
8,023
221
873
13,056
178
3,232
9,646
^^^^^^^^^^^^ Y 34
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
Statistical Summary—Motor-vehicle Accidents—Continued.
Number of
Accidents.
17.                                   Type of Road.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
1,922
8,855
1,445
280
213
341
21
99
20
12
26
465
2,232
354
68
33
80
1,436
6,524
1,071
4. Earth                    	
180
Totals	
13,056
178
3,232
9,646
Number of
Accidents.
18.                             Weather Conditions.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
7,425
1,666
798
2,483
401
39
244
100
22
7
22
1
26
1,922
409
178
588
58
7
70
5,403
1,235
2. Cloudy	
1,873
32
Totals	
13,056
178
3,232
9,646
VICTORIA,   B.C. :
Printed by Don McDiarmid, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1949.
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