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September 24, 2021

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – August 1-31, 2021

Rural roads a hotspot for impaired driving accidents, according to SGI August 05, 2021, Saskatoon Starphoenix (SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN) 25 people lose their lives in rural Saskatchewan car accidents annually and the majority are caused by impaired driving. Darcy McKay, a flight paramedic for STARS air ambulance, has seen some pretty bad accidents on rural Saskatchewan roads, […]

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – July 1-31, 2021

Make Safety Part Of Your Weekend Plans – Drive Sober or Arrange a Sober Ride July 29, 2021, madd.ca (OAKVILLE, ONTARIO) As more Canadians get out and about with the easing of pandemic-related restrictions, and with the weekend coming up – a holiday long weekend in many parts of the country – MADD Canada is […]

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – June 1-30, 2021

Sheriffs enhance RAPID enforcement on highways June 25, 2021, Alberta Transportation (RURAL ALBERTA) The second phase of RAPID Response enhances traffic safety and impaired driving enforcement on Alberta highways, freeing up RCMP officers to focus on other criminal matters. To help reduce police response times in rural Alberta, about 260 Sheriff Highway Patrol officers will […]

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – May 1-31, 2021

Nearly all Canadians want safer roads, but fewer are willing to embrace proven measures to make that happen May 27, 2021, parachute.ca (TORONTO, ONTARIO) Nearly all Canadians agree that everyone must do their part to make the roads safe and 78 per cent agree that injuries from road crashes are preventable, according to a new […]

May 14, 2021

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – April 1-30, 2021

New initiative aims to get more students walking, biking to school April 30, 2021, Windsor Star (WINDSOR, ONTARIO) Six school communities across three local boards will participate in a pilot project aimed at getting more kids walking, biking, skateboarding or scootering to class. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has received a $60,000 grant for the […]

April 25, 2021

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – March 1-31, 2021

Mandatory commercial truck driver training to improve road safety March 31, 2021, Government of B.C. (VICTORIA, B.C.) B.C.’s highways will be safer for everyone with the introduction of mandatory entry-level training (MELT) for new Class 1 commercial driver’s licence applicants. B.C.’s program will exceed the minimum requirements set by the National Safety Code Standard for […]

March 9, 2021

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – February 1-28, 2021

ICBC and police urging drivers to ignore their phone while behind the wheel February 25, 2021, Kelowna Now (KELOWNA, B.C.) It’s been over a decade since British Columbia’s distracted driving laws were put in place, but some people still aren’t getting the message. More than 455,000 tickets have been issued to drivers for using an […]

February 9, 2021

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – January 1-31, 2021

Could You Live with Yourself? January 28, 2021, SGI (REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN) Impaired driving is a top factor in fatal crashes in Saskatchewan. You may be thinking, “it’s just a couple of drinks after work.” But your decision to have some drinks before driving could have life-changing consequences. What if you got caught, or crashed your […]

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 […]