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February 22, 2017

Vision Zero Webinar Recording Available to CARSP Members!

If you were unable to attend the recent Vision Zero Webinar by Tony Churchill earlier this month, CARSP members can sign in to the member area and access a recording of this webinar.  The slides are also posted there.

February 15, 2017

Call for Nominations – Election to CARSP Board of Directors

Nominations Sought for CARSP Board Directors The Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals (CARSP) is seeking directors for its Board. It is important to seek new directors to the Board on a regular basis to ensure fresh ideas are being considered in the management of CARSP   Number of Board Directors Sought The Board consists […]

January 24, 2017

Co-Hosting a Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals Conference

Deadline for proposals is Monday March 17th, 2017. To learn more about co-hosting a conference and/or about submitting a proposal, please contact Brenda Suggett at brenda.suggett@carsp.ca. and/or click on the following document 2018 CARSP Conference Co-Hosting – important information and submission requirements CARSP is looking for a local hosting committee to help organize a high quality road safety conference in 2018. CARSP is dedicated […]

January 16, 2017

Ontario Road Safety Forum – March 6th in Toronto

Calling all Ontario road safety professionals – you are invited to a networking and educational event at the University of Toronto on March 6th, 2017.  This free event is an opportunity for road safety professionals to share current projects and to discuss Vision Zero and Safe Systems Approach, two topics which are currently gaining in popularity across […]

January 5, 2017

The ‘stiffest’ in Canada: A look at P.E.I.’s new impounding penalties for impaired driving

CBC News (CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI) Police on P.E.I. will soon have new powers to impound vehicles, powers designed to discourage impaired and dangerous driving. “To deal with offenders, who are multiple ones, who it doesn’t seem to matter whether there’s fines or a little bit of jail time or driver licence suspensions,” explained Graham Miner, director […]

January 1, 2017

‘Ellen’s law’: Calls for road safety changes after death of star N.B. cyclist

CTV News (MONCTON, N.B.) Cyclists rallied in Moncton, N.B., Sunday to demand their government make it illegal for vehicles to come within one metre of bicyclists. Some of the roughly 100 demonstrators held up signs demanding “One Metre for Ellen” – a reference to Ellen Watters. Watters was a 28-year-old professional cyclist who died last month after […]

December 20, 2016

‘Safety is job number one,’ says Toronto’s new transportation chief

Toronto Metro (TORONTO, ONTARIO) Toronto’s new transportation chief has a message for drivers: sharing is caring. In her first public appearance since arriving in the city nine days ago, Barbara Gray spoke Tuesday about the need for Toronto’s roadways to work for everyone – whether they’re behind a wheel or not. “If you own a […]

December 16, 2016

CARSP President’s Year End Message

Another year has gone by and it has been a busy one for CARSP with a bright outlook for 2017! As with most years, our major event was the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals Conference which was held in Halifax from June 5-8. We had about 150 delegates from around the world with a […]

December 14, 2016

Pilot project for new drug-impaired driving test to start soon

Global News (OTTAWA, ONTARIO) Drivers in some jurisdictions may soon find themselves asked by police to volunteer for a saliva test, part of a pilot project aimed at detecting drug-impaired drivers. The federal government, the RCMP and a number of police departments across the country will conduct the experiment to see how well certain roadside […]

December 13, 2016

“Zero Road Deaths” study wins International Road Safety Award

London/Paris A new report setting out a radically new approach in road safety has won the 2017 Special Award of the prestigious Prince Michael of Kent International Road Safety Awards. The Award will be presented today by Prince Michael during a ceremony at the Savoy Hotel in London. The award-winning study by a group of […]

November 30, 2016

Zero expectations drive efforts to drastically reduce traffic-related deaths in Canada

Parachute (TORONTO, ONTARIO) Transport-related incidents remain one of the leading causes of injury and death in Canada. Parachute, a national injury prevention charity, wants to reduce these incidents to zero by adopting strategies first introduced in Sweden as Vision Zero. Canada’s Vision Zero Summit, powered by Parachute, brings together an outstanding line up of road […]

November 28, 2016

Driverless cars to hit the road in Ontario early next year

Toronto Star (TORONTO, ONTARIO) Driverless cars are headed for Ontario’s public roads as part of a pilot project the province says puts it in the pole position in Canada’s development of autonomous vehicle technology. After motoring up a test track to a Waterloo press briefing Monday in a self-propelled Lincoln MKZ hybrid sedan nicknamed the […]

November 14, 2016

Marijuana legalization and road safety: CAA-Quebec issues recommendations

Canada Newswire (QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC) Less than one year from the deadline established by the federal government as part of its plan to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, CAA‑Quebec is endorsing the recommendations made by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) in its study Marijuana & Driving: Policy Implications: we must further our knowledge and […]

November 6, 2016

Calgary a paragon of pedestrian safety, but that’s not enough for some

Calgary Sun (CALGARY, ALBERTA) There’s no safer Canadian city than Calgary, when it comes to traffic. That’s the good news from a city hall that’s struggled to embrace that simple fact in the very recent past, while allowing a false narrative of mass pedestrian mayhem to dominate decision making and influence spending. Continue reading this […]

September 30, 2016

Transport Canada’s actions to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians on Canada’s roadways

Transport Canada (OTTAWA, ONTARIO) Transport Canada is always looking at ways to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety. The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, recently announced that Transport Canada and the provinces and territories will establish a new task force to discuss safety measures to reduce injuries and fatalities involving cyclists, pedestrians and heavy trucks. […]

September 29, 2016

Many Canadians see self-driving cars as a licence to behave badly: survey

The Globe and Mail (TORONTO, ONTARIO) The image of drivers texting, dozing or sipping a martini while they sit at the wheel and let their autonomous vehicles do all the work prevails among a significant number of Canadians. That’s a troubling finding from a survey of Canadians about self-driving vehicles by the Traffic Injury Research […]

September 28, 2016

Transport ministers won’t commit to criminalizing distracted driving

Global News (TORONTO, ONTARIO) Transport ministers from across Canada seemed to have mixed feelings about the criminalization of distracted driving on Wednesday as they met in Toronto. Quebec’s transport minister, Laurent Lessard, asked Ottawa to consider criminalizing distracted driving last month. Global News used this week’s meeting to ask all Lessard’s provincial counterparts if they would be on board with that. […]

August 30, 2016

Distracted driving deaths on track to double impaired driving fatalities: OPP

Global News (TORONTO, ONTARIO) As officers prepare for a busy Labour Day weekend on the roads, the Ontario Provincial Police said distracted driving-related deaths are on track to double the number of impaired driving-related fatalities this year. The OPP said officers have investigated 38 road deaths as of mid-August where the driver was found to […]

August 25, 2016

Should distracted driving be a criminal offence? Quebec urges Ottawa to consider it

Global News (MONTREAL, QUEBEC) Quebec’s new transport minister wants his federal counterpart Marc Garneau to examine the possibility of making it a criminal offence to use a cellphone while driving. Laurent Lessard raised the issue during a press briefing on Wednesday morning, according to La Presse Canadienne. “Let (Garneau) look at what elements of criminalization […]

July 28, 2016

Self-driving cars could literally reshape the Canadian landscape

AutoFocus (TORONTO, ONTARIO) There’s been some discussion about how autonomous vehicles (AVs) will change the way we drive—but not as much about how they’ll change what we drive on. We look at the future of roads, traffic and infrastructure in the age of self-driving cars …Infrastructure changes won’t happen overnight. “There will likely be a long […]