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January 12, 2021

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – December 1-31, 2020

Impaired driving statistic makes for failing grade in Vision Zero road safety plan for Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga December 31, 2020, 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 […]

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – November 1-30, 2020

Tough, swift penalties for impaired drivers November 30, 2020, Alberta Transportation (EDMONTON, ALBERTA) Starting Dec. 1, police will be able to administer stricter impaired driving penalties on the road, while most first-time impaired driving charges will be handled quicker outside of court through SafeRoads Alberta. Impaired drivers could face larger fines and lose their vehicles […]

November 20, 2020

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – October 1-31, 2020

New strategy to reduce serious traffic accidents October 31, 2020, Delta Optimist (DELTA, B.C.) Delta wants its own Vision Zero Strategy. Council this week endorsed a staff recommendation to develop a strategy, which would be an integrated approach to reduce serious traffic collisions. Vision Zero is a multi-national road traffic safety project that aims to […]

October 8, 2020

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – September 1-30, 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 […]

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – August 1-31, 2020

Province introduces Active Transportation Planning Grant August 31, 2020, Government of B.C. (VICTORIA, B.C.) The Province is introducing a new Active Transportation Planning Grant, which will enable local governments to receive funding to incorporate or strengthen active transportation components of their community development plans. In total, $600,000 will be available over two years for this […]

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – July 1-31, 2020

Almost 10% of Sask. Party candidates have been convicted of drunk driving July 31, 2020, CBC News (REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN) Six candidates running for the Saskatchewan Party have previous convictions for drunk driving. That’s almost 10 per cent of the 61 candidates running for the party in the fall election. The party’s office made the disclosure […]

April 8, 2020

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – March 1-31, 2020

Using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Behind the Wheel is more Distracting than Text Messaging March 23, 2020, Auto123.com (TORONTO, ONTARIO) Technology is increasingly omnipresent on-board today’s newer vehicles, not surprising given that it delivers both increased convenience and more safety. That said, while features such as blind spot monitoring, pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise […]

March 12, 2020

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – February 1-29, 2020

Special Announcement by the Standards Council of Canada The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is seeking feedback on ISO’s proposal for the development of a new standards committee on Consumer incident investigation guidelines. The purpose of this inquiry is to consult with Canadian stakeholders to develop a national position on the proposal, and to determine […]

February 11, 2020

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – January 1-31, 2020

Drug-impaired driving increases slightly, overall impact of cannabis ‘lower than expected’: City report January 31, 2020, 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 […]

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – December 1-31, 2019

Impaired driving in B.C. is still a deadly problem despite more deterrents than ever December 29, 2019, CBC News (VANCOUVER, B.C.) Jeremy Cook is asking you not to drive impaired this holiday season. The 22-year-old Nanaimo man was in a car that was struck by a drunk driver in 2013, when he was just about […]

December 17, 2019

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – November 1-30, 2019

Rising marijuana use by drivers and growing prevalence among drivers in fatal crashes warrants concern November 28, 2019, 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 […]

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – October 1-31, 2019

Campaign reminds Islanders about dangers of driving impaired October 30, 2019, Government of PEI (CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI) Charlottetown Police Services has a new van wrapped in messages to remind Islanders about the dangers of driving under the influence of cannabis and to help keep people safe. The new wrapped van warns Islanders that driving under the […]

September 16, 2019

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – August 1-31, 2019

  Feds put up $5.4M to combat drug-impaired driving August 30, 2019, 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 […]

August 16, 2019

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – July 1-31, 2019

  ICBC kicks off recruitment for Techpilot project for less experienced drivers July 30, 2019, ICBC (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.) ICBC is taking the next step into telematics research with a one-year pilot project—this time recruiting as many as 7,000 drivers to see if technology can improve their driving and make B.C. roads safer. Drivers can sign-up […]

July 10, 2019

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – June 1-30, 2019

Aviva makes U-turn on road safety flags after they draw ire of Toronto officials, advocates June 26, 2019, CBC News (TORONTO, ONTARIO) Aviva Canada is pulling back on an initiative meant to kick-off a $5-million campaign aimed at boosting road safety after the rollout of bright flags for pedestrians to hold while crossing dangerous intersections […]

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – May 1-31, 2019

New SGI campaign highlights perils of distracted driving May 30, 2019, Global News (REGINA, SASKATACHEWAN) “This is supposed to happen in movies, not in real life.” Sandra LaRose knows too well the dangers of distracted driving. Her daughter, Kailynn Bursic-Panchuk, was preoccupied with her cellphone when she drove into the path of a train on […]

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – April 1-30, 2019

Alberta’s three initiatives to increase road safety April 29, 2019, Truck News (KANANASKIS, ALBERTA) Mandatory entry-level training (MELT) is not the only initiative the Alberta government has implemented to help improve safety on provincial roads. Changes have also been made to Alberta’s driver examiner road test model, as well as its pre-entry program for new […]

April 17, 2019

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – March 1-31, 2019

Province announces mandatory entry-level training for commercial truck drivers March 26, 2019, Government of Manitoba (WINNIPEG, MANITOBA) As part of the Manitoba government’s commitment to public safety, mandatory entry-level training for commercial truck drivers will be implemented Sept. 1, Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced today.  Requirements will include 121.5 hours of training, which is consistent […]

March 6, 2019

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – February 1-28, 2019

87 people lost a vehicle for a week because of cellphone tickets last year February 28, 2019, 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, […]

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – January 1-31, 2019

These U of T experts in AI want to teach you how to program a self-driving car January 30, 2019, University of Toronto (TORONTO, ONTARIO) Two experts in autonomous vehicles from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering have partnered with Coursera to offer a four-course specialization in self-driving cars. “The interest […]