An important book for all families by one of Canada’s leading experts on motor vehicle collision analyses and author of the #1 International Best selling Guidefor traffic accident analysis used by independent crash investigators, police, lawyers, engineers and other professionals world-wide; sold in over 40 countries.Designed for all drivers: experienced or new; families,teens, older drivers. Read it as a family: it may save the life of someone you love, even your own. Topics include makingsafer turns; time, distance & speed;braking, skids and roll-overs; “Black Ice”, winter andnight driving; cross-walks, distractions, cellular use andtexting; lane changes; insurance rates for teens ... more. 96 pp, 40 diagrams & photos, with coil binding filly indexed and pocket-sized for ease of use.
BiographyJ. F. (Jim) Mitchell retired from the Canadian Forces Military Police in 1990 after 25 years of service in Canada and Germany. From 1991 until 1993, he served as a collision re-constructionist with the Special Investigations Unit, Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario. During those years he authored two technical books and developed computer software dealing with the reconstruction of motor vehicle collisions. His books have been sold on every continent and to everyone from the rookie collision investigator to Ph.D. scientists and Professional Engineers. They have been widely distributed to organizations such as the RCMP and the Sûreté du Québec (Quebec Provincial Police) as well as to individual re-constructionists, lawyers, road-builders and more. His International Guidebook for Traffic Accident Reconstruction became the exclusive training resource of the National Law Enforcement Technology Center, a division of the United States Department of Justice, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado. A graduate of the second Technical Accident Investigators Course offered at the Canadian Police College (RCMP) in 1984, Jim continued his education in 1987 attending the first Collision Dynamics Reconstruction Course offered in Canada at the University of Alberta. Since 1989 he has attended the Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM) at the University of North Florida several times, the Ontario Provincial Police Academy, made a second stop at the Canadian Police College, attended Texas A & M University and other sites in North America where he has taken specialist courses and attended seminars. Some of those courses include Advanced Collision Reconstruction, Investigation of Motorcycle Accidents, Pedestrian and Bicycle Collision Investigation, Human Factors in Accident Reconstruction and the Animation of Vehicle Collisions. As well as guest lecturing at the Canadian Police College, he also lectured at a police collision investigative training program in Arkansas, USA. He has the distinction of being one of the first two Canadians to pass the internationally founded Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR) examination and to be granted full accreditation as an Accident Reconstructionist. He held that accreditation until his retirement from active collision reconstruction. Mr. Mitchell was an active member of the Canadian Association of Technical Accident Investigators and Reconstructionists (CATAIR) for 20 years.In 1999 Jim, upon leaving active collision reconstruction opted to slow the pace of life and took a position with the Collision Reporting Centre, Barrie Police Service. During the next ten years he became acutely aware of just how little many drivers knew about traffic laws and the laws governing vehicle insurance. He felt he had to do something to educate drivers about how to avoid collisions and to make their motoring experience both safer and better informed. This publication is the result of that decision.
“[Reluctant Target] should, therefore, all things being considered, become a training and reference manual for youths, parents, and older persons; and for those who, believe it or not, might feel they have nothing further to learn about safe driving .” R. W. (Bob) Rivers, Inspector (Retired)Royal Canadian Mounted Police