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January 27, 2021

Ontario impaired driving sanctions lag other Provinces’

The Star (OAKVILLE, ONTARIO) Ontario isn’t tough enough on first-time impaired drivers, lagging behind many other provinces, some experts say. The criminal laws against impaired driving, from driving under the influence to impaired driving causing injury or death, and the penalties that go with them — ranging from fines to jail and prison time — […]

January 26, 2021

Impaired driving charges have dropped across the Greater Toronto Area since the pandemic began

CTV News (TORONTO, ONTARIO) Impaired driving charges have dropped across the Greater Toronto Area since the pandemic began beyond what would be in line with the reduced traffic on the roads, according to figures reviewed by CTV News Toronto. It’s not entirely clear why, though possible explanations range from genuinely safer streets thanks to a […]

December 31, 2020

Impaired driving statistic makes for failing grade in Vision Zero road safety plan for Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga

Caledon Enterprise (CALEDON, ONTARIO) Although Peel’s Vision Zero Road Safety Strategic Plan is making inroads in reducing and ultimately eliminating fatal and injury motor vehicle collisions in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga, one important area is getting a failing grade — impaired driving. Peel regional council adopted the road safety strategic plan in 2018 that envisions […]

December 28, 2020

Road safety improvements approved for communities across Saskatchewan

SGI (REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN) Road safety projects in 66 communities across Saskatchewan have been approved for grants totaling $750,000 from the Provincial Traffic Safety Fund. A total of 70 road safety improvement projects were approved, with grants ranging from $547 to $72,300. Projects include speed display signs and other speed reduction initiatives, as well as funding […]

November 20, 2020

The other side of the pandemic: fewer traffic deaths

October 30, 2020, Ottawa Citizen (OTTAWA, ONTARIO) Traffic deaths across Canada plummeted by 34 per cent as the country went into lockdown at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, newly released international data reveals. Traffic-related injuries also decreased. The decrease reflected fewer vehicles on roads as schools and businesses shut down and many people began […]

September 28, 2020

Distracted Driving & Workplace Safety Policies: A Business Case for Employers

September 28, 2020, TIRF (OTTAWA, ONTARIO) The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) released a new report, Distracted Driving & Workplace Safety Policies: A Business Case for Employers, from its Canadian Coalition on Distracted Driving. It was developed in consultation with The Co-operators, Drop It And Drive®, the trucking industry, and workplace health and safety representatives. […]

September 22, 2020

Winnipeggers asked to weigh in on city’s road safety action plan

September 22, 2020, Global News (WINNIPEG, MANITOBA) The city is working on a plan that will drive decisions around road safety over the next few years and is now looking for feedback from Winnipeggers to help create the roadmap. Continue reading this post…

September 20, 2020

Street-racing group stages ‘mega meet’ in Hamilton amid COVID-19 restrictions

September 20, 2020, Y108.ca (HAMILTON, ONTARIO) A group of street racers from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) took over a parking lot in Ancaster for what police are calling a “mega meet,” with hundreds of people in attendance on Saturday night. The event happened just hours after the Ford government announced that it would be […]

March 6, 2020

Rethinking Right Turn on Red (RTOR)

Novae Res Urbis Toronto, March 6, 2020, Vol. 24, No. 10 City of Toronto Ward 11 (University-Rosedale) Councillor Mike Layton is calling on city staff to investigate how prohibiting right-turns-on-red (RTOR) might help Toronto meet its Vision Zero goal of making streets safer for vulnerable road users. Layton is expected to introduce the motion at […]

January 31, 2020

Drug-impaired driving increases slightly, overall impact of cannabis ‘lower than expected’: City report

Edmonton Journal (EDMONTON, ONTARIO) Edmonton police have seen a slight increase in drug-impaired driving since cannabis was legalized but its overall impact has been lower than expected, says a report going to the community and public services committee. The report looking at the impact and costs of cannabis legalization and said Edmonton police arrested 134 […]

January 30, 2020

Tougher distracted driving fines take effect Feb. 1

SGI (REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN) February’s Traffic Safety Spotlight is focused on distracted driving – just as fines are set to increase Feb. 1, 2020. “Distracted driving is a serious safety concern in our province, and on roads all over the country,” said the Honourable Joe Hargave, Minister Responsible for SGI. “We hope by introducing tougher penalties […]

November 28, 2019

Rising marijuana use by drivers and growing prevalence among drivers in fatal crashes warrants concern

TIRF (OTTAWA, ONTARIO) The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) announces the release of two new fact sheets on marijuana use by drivers in Canada. National trends in the use of marijuana among Canadian drivers are summarized in TIRF’s Road Safety Monitor 2019: Trends in Marijuana use among Canadian Drivers. The RSM is an annual public opinion […]

November 22, 2019

Drive drunk twice in Quebec, get ignition breathalyzer for life

CBC News (MONTREAL, QUEBEC) Starting Monday, Quebec motorists convicted of drunk driving twice in 10 years will have to blow into a breathalyzer every time they start a car — for the rest of their lives. Their licence will be branded so any intercepting police officer will know to inspect the driver’s ignition for an […]

August 30, 2019

Feds put up $5.4M to combat drug-impaired driving

CTV News (OTTAWA, ONTARIO) The Government of Canada announced funding to combat drug-impaired driving on Friday. Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale announced that $5.4 million over five years will be used to increase capacity among officers in standardized field sobriety testing and drug recognition expert evaluation (DRE). Continue reading this post…

August 22, 2019

How Justice Canada’s ‘inaccurate and misleading’ impaired driving tweet sparked blame, confusion

Global News (OTTAWA, ONTARIO) The Department of Justice put its social media plans to promote a new impaired driving law on hold earlier this summer after it received sharp criticism online over a now-deleted tweet that one senior departmental official described internally as “inaccurate and misleading.” Continue reading this post…

July 29, 2019

Speed cameras now active in 5 B.C. intersections, 30 more to roll out by next year

Global News (VICTORIA, B.C.) The B.C. Government is confident it can win any legal challenge against new speed cameras, five of which were activated Monday. Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said the province’s lawyers are certain the intersection cameras will not face the same issues as the controversial photo radar program did. Continue reading this post…

July 16, 2019

‘You hesitate, you lose lives’: Toronto votes for more aggressive Vision Zero road safety plan

Toronto Star (TORONTO, ONTARIO) City council has voted to reboot its road-safety plan, as its first attempt failed to reduce traffic deaths. Three years after endorsing the city’s first Vision Zero strategy aimed at eliminating road fatalities, councillors voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt Vision Zero 2.0. Under the enhanced plan, the city will reduce speed limits […]

June 13, 2019

Are Canada’s pot-impaired driving penalties too strict? New study suggests yes

Global News (VICTORIA, B.C.) A new study from the University of British Columbia (UBC) is suggesting that Canada’s cannabis-impaired driving penalties may be too strict. That’s after researchers found no link between low levels of THC, the psychoactive chemical in pot, and car crashes. Continue reading this post…

Federal government takes steps to curb bus, truck driver fatigue in Canada

CBC News (OTTAWA, ONTARIO) Canada is making electronic logging devices mandatory for federally regulated commercial truck and bus drivers in an effort to combat driver fatigue and improve road safety. Electronic devices track when and how long drivers have been behind the wheel. They are tamper-resistant and integrated into commercial vehicle engines, and are designed to […]

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 […]