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May 15, 2019

New Job Postings Added – Ontario Ministry of Transportation

Learn more by clicking below… Directors in Policy, Programs and Operations – Road User Safety Division – Ministry of Transportation Executive Director – Ontario Ministry of Transportation

April 22, 2019

CARSP Board Director Election Results Are In!

We are pleased to announce that all candidates were elected to the CARSP Board!  Congratulations to returning Board Directors Alex Nolet, Raheem Dilgir and Mavis Johnson.  Congratulations also to new Board Directors Shabnem Afzal and Brian Jonah!  The switch over of Board Director Offices will occur at the CARSP Board Director Meeting on Sunday May […]

March 24, 2019

Mounties seeing smaller number of blood samples than expected under drug-impaired driving law

CBC News (OTTAWA, ONTARIO) The Royal Canadian Mounted Police were expecting to see their national forensic labs flooded with requests for blood tests after Canada’s new impaired driving law came into effect, but they’ve seen just a small number so far. The force’s National Forensic Laboratory Services operation receives bodily fluid samples, including blood and […]

March 20, 2019

Mayor John Tory open to lowering speed limits in Toronto

Globe and Mail (TORONTO, ONTARIO) Toronto Mayor John Tory has signalled he is open to broad-based reductions in speed limits on the city’s major roads and more red-light cameras, indicating that he will ask staff for a report looking at ways to reduce the number of pedestrian deaths. The move by Mr. Tory comes nearly […]

February 28, 2019

87 people lost a vehicle for a week because of cellphone tickets last year

SGI (REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN) “Confessions of a Reformed Distracted Driver” is part of the March Traffic Safety Spotlight Losing your vehicle for a week for something as trivial as being unable to leave your phone alone sounds pretty terrible, right? Under The Traffic Safety Act, receiving a second $280 cellphone ticket within a year triggers an […]

February 25, 2019

Transport Canada gearing up for automated and connected vehicle tests in Canada

Transport Canada (OTTAWA, ONTARIO) Automated and connected vehicles have the potential to greatly improve road safety and increase mobility, while also offering new economic opportunities and environmental benefits to Canadians. That’s why the Government of Canada has just published…two new, innovative documents released by Transport Canada (which) will help industry accelerate the safe introduction of […]

January 22, 2019

Ontario Government Supports Innovation and Growth in Automated Vehicle Industry: Expanding Ontario’s Automated Vehicle Pilot

Government of Ontario (WATERLOO, ONTARIO) Today, Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek was at the Sedra Student Design Centre at the University of Waterloo to support innovation and growth within Ontario’s automated vehicle industry. As one of the actions in the recent package to create jobs by eliminating red tape and burdensome regulations, Ontario has updated its […]

January 20, 2019

How far should rights be curtailed to stop drunk driving?

Toronto Sun (TORONTO, ONTARIO) Four years ago, a waitress and manager of the Finn McCool Bar in Woodbridge rushed out to the parking lot to alert police that a patron had just left in his jeep and was very intoxicated. When York Regional Police caught up with him a few minutes later, the driver had trouble […]

January 18, 2019

New Job Posting!

Health Safety Environment and Quality (HSEQ) Manager – Peel Region, Ontario, Canada

December 29, 2018

Stiff new penalties for distracted, impaired driving in Ontario begin on Jan. 1

Global News (TORONTO, ONTARIO) After years of calls from advocates to crack down on distracted and impaired driving, stiff penalties passed by the Ontario government will come into force on Tuesday. “Some people are going to be startled to find that it’s as significant a penalty as a risk to the public,” Brian Patterson, president and CEO of […]

December 18, 2018

CARSP President’s Year End Message

Hello CARSP friends, 2018 is coming to an end and many interesting things happened at CARSP again this year. First, your Board welcomed several new members and appointments, including myself, as your new President and my colleague Alex Nolet, as Vice-President. We are very grateful for these new roles and are committed to continue the […]

December 11, 2018

Mandatory impaired driving laws to hit the roads before holidays

Global News (TORONTO, ONTARIO) Given the recent focus on drug-impaired driving with the legalization of recreational cannabis, new impaired driving laws, related to alcohol, have possibly fallen off the radar. Starting on Dec. 18, stricter drunk driving laws will come into effect. Continue reading this post…

December 7, 2018

Road accident deaths swell to 1.35 million each year: WHO

CTV News (TORONTO, ONTARIO) Road accidents kill someone every 24 seconds, with a total of 1.35 million traffic deaths around the world each year, the World Health Organization said Friday, demanding global action. The number of fatalities annually has swelled by around 100,000 in just three years, with road accidents now the leading killer of […]

GLOBAL STATUS REPORT ON ROAD SAFETY 2018: A WAKE-UP CALL FOR ROAD SAFETY

Earlier today, the World Health Organization (WHO) released the Global Status Report on Road Safety 2018. According to the report: relative to the world’s population size, road death rates have remained fairly constant. Yet the overall number of people killed by road traffic crashes each year has increased to 1.35 million―equivalent to one death every […]

September 26, 2018

Reducing residential speed limit in Calgary to 30 km/h the right decision

The Gauntlet (CALGARY, ALBERTA) Amid recent discussions surrounding Ward 7 Coun. Druh Farrell’s motion to reduce Calgary’s residential speed limit to 30 km/h in order to increase pedestrian safety, I’m shocked that some Calgarians are calling this a ‘war on cars.’ While the onus of road safety doesn’t completely fall on drivers, it’s irresponsible to […]

September 25, 2018

Research Papers at the 2018 CARSP Conference

By Alan German and Javier Zamora-Rojas Alan is a Research Scientist with Road Safety Research in Ottawa, Ontario. Javier is a Research Transportation Engineer at the Laboratorio Nacional de Materiales y Modelos Estructurales, University of Costa Rica in San José. Both Alan and Javier are current members of CARSP’s Editorial Board. This year’s CARSP Conference, held in […]

September 21, 2018

Drive high, get charged!

Drug & Alcohol Testing Association of Canada (DATAC), (ONTARIO) With the legalization of cannabis on October 17th looming it is very important for everyone to understand the new cannabis use rules and regulations that come along with it. In this post we will take an in-depth look at the cannabis driving regulations. These are the […]

August 14, 2018

Launch of the Introduction to Cannabis Legislation online training module for Canadian police officers

MarketsInsider (HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA) Today, the RCMP, in partnership with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and the Canadian Police Knowledge Network (CPKN) are pleased to announce that the new online training on cannabis legislation is now available for all Canadian police officers, in both official languages. Continue reading this post…

August 10, 2018

Transport Canada supports projects to prepare Canada for connected and automated vehicles

Transport Canada (TORONTO, ONTARIO) Connected and automated vehicles will bring about significant transformation in our transportation system, our communities, and our economy. They have the potential to improve road safety, reduce congestion, increase mobility, protect the environment, and generate new economic opportunities for middle-class Canadians. The Government of Canada welcomes innovation that will help to […]

August 9, 2018

One in seven cannabis users admits they consumed drug then drove, Statscan says

The Globe and Mail (OTTAWA, ONTARIO) About one in seven cannabis users said they had recently got behind the wheel after consuming the drug, according to a survey by Statistics Canada that reveals lax attitudes toward drug-impaired driving as the country prepares for legalization. Statistics Canada’s National Cannabis Survey results from the first half of […]