Canadian Road Safety News Digest

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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 […]

July 27, 2016

Opinion: Speed limit increases prove deadly, should be reversed

Vancouver Sun (VANCOUVER, BC) …In 2014, the B.C. Transportation Ministry hypothesized that higher speed limits might improve safety. On many highways, the higher speed cars (“85th percentile”) were travelling faster than the speed limit. The ministry thought that by increasing speed limits on these highways, slower cars would speed up but the fastest ones would not, […]

July 14, 2016

Toronto city council approves $52-million boost for road safety

The Globe and Mail (TORONTO, ONTARIO) Toronto City Council backed a $52-million boost for road safety over the next five years, beating back an attempt to speed up the plan and in the process calling for a ban on pedestrians using electronic devices while on the road. The new road-safety plan was approved amid a […]

May 23, 2016

Liberals’ pot plan looks for way to detect and deter drug-impaired driving

CBC News (OTTAWA, ONTARIO) The man tasked with coming up with Canada’s marijuana law has a proposal for dealing with one of the biggest issues facing legalization: prevention of driving under the influence of pot. While police can conduct field sobriety tests if they suspect a driver is impaired by any substance, there is no established […]

May 22, 2016

Pot breathalyzer quest ramps up as legalization looms

CBC News (TORONTO, ONTARIO) You’re standing on the side of the road, with traffic whizzing past. The police officer who pulled you over suspects you may have smoked the reefer before departing for McDonald’s. ut she’s in a bit of a quagmire, because, really, there’s no reliable way to know for sure. Are you high? If you […]

April 26, 2016

Police look for direction dealing with high drivers

Global News (EDMONTON, ALBERTA) Drug-impaired driving has become a growing issue for law enforcement across the country and the Liberal government’s plan to legalize marijuana next spring may compound the problem. “There is a rise in drug-impaired driving. It might even be surpassing alcohol-impaired driving at this point,” Constable Kyla Currie, the Alberta Provincial Coordinator […]

April 25, 2016

How will Canada crack down on marijuana-impaired drivers?

CBC News (EDMONTON, ALBERTA) Law enforcement agencies should prepare for an influx of drug-impaired drivers before marijuana is legalized in Canada, says an American state trooper. When Colorado legalized marijuana in 2014, police weren’t prepared to crack down on those who light up before getting behind the wheel, said Lt.-Col. Kevin Eldridge. Continue reading this post…  

March 31, 2016

Provincial health officer releases motor vehicle crash report

B.C. Ministry of Health (VICTORIA, B.C.) Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall today released a report that examines road safety in British Columbia. “Road safety is still a critical public-health issue,” said Kendall. “Any preventable death or serious injury is unacceptable, including those that occur as the result of a motor vehicle crash. Though B.C. […]

March 29, 2016

Five tough impaired driving sentences handed down across Canada

City News (TORONTO, ONTARIO) An Ontario judge sentenced a 29-year-old man to 10 years in prison on Tuesday in a horrific drunk driving crash north of Toronto that killed three children and their grandfather. Marco Muzzo had faced the possibility of life in prison after pleading guilty to four counts of impaired driving causing death […]

Bring on the ELDs – Western trucking associations mostly in favour of electronic logging device (ELD) mandate

Truck News (TORONTO, ONTARO) With reports indicating that the federal government may follow the US’s lead and mandate truck drivers’ use of electronic logging devices (ELDs), trucking associations in Western Canada appear to all be in favour of the move for a variety of reasons. Safety was the primary reason for support of ELDs. Terry […]

March 3, 2016

New report shows traffic crashes cost employers $47.4 billion in 2013

Digital Journal (WASHINGTON, D.C.) Protecting employees from motor vehicles crashes could be a profitable investment for U.S. businesses, according to a new report released today by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS). In 2013, U.S. traffic crashes cost employers $47.4 billion in direct crash-related expenses, which includes medical care, liability, lost productivity and […]

February 27, 2016

Pedestrian injuries, fatalities in Calgary cost society $120 million each year, says city

Calgary Herald (CALGARY, ALBERTA) The financial impact of life-altering pedestrian collisions and fatalities in Calgary could be $120 million each year, and possibly higher, according to newly released city figures. Calgary’s transportation department recently adopted societal cost estimates from a 2010 report commissioned by the Capital Region Intersection Safety Partnership… …When adjusted for inflation, the average societal […]

February 22, 2016

Take part in the annual Road Safety at Work Week March 7-11

Canada Newswire (RICHMOND, B.C.) This year, the second annual Road Safety at Work Week is focusing on “Employer Responsibility” to help employers in BC better understand their responsibilities to employees who drive for work. Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of traumatic workplace deaths in BC. Twenty-four workers a year on average are killed […]

January 29, 2016

Strengthening the Province’s transportation system

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND) The Honourable Al Hawkins, Minister of Transportation and Works, met with federal, provincial and territorial counterparts yesterday in Ottawa during meetings of Ministers Responsible for Transportation and Highway Safety… …During the meeting, the Council of Ministers also launched Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2025 – Towards Zero: The Safest […]