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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 […]

January 11, 2019

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – December 1-31, 2018

Stiff new penalties for distracted, impaired driving in Ontario begin on Jan. 1 December 29, 2018, 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 […]

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – November 1-30, 2018

Pass a bus, lose your license November 30, 2018, Government of PEI (CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI) In order to better protect Island students, drivers who illegally pass a school bus will lose their licence. As of December 8, 2018, failing to stop for a school bus when the red flashing lights are activated will lead to 12 […]

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – October 1-31, 2018

Province Reminds Manitobans New Penalties for Distracted Driving in Effect November 1 October 31, 2018, Government of Manitoba (WINNIPEG, MANITOBA) Manitobans are reminded that stricter penalties for distracted driving come into force tomorrow, Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler and Crown Services Colleen Mayer said today. “The growing threat of distracted driving has led our government to […]

October 5, 2018

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – September 1-30, 2018

Cannabis IQ: Police chiefs doubt roadside testing device, new rules in Ontario and more September 29, 2018, Global News (TORONTO, ONTARIO) The federal government approved a cannabis testing device for drivers, the Drager DrugTest 5000, in August. But the country’s police forces are unconvinced. Earlier this month, Ottawa’s police chief said his force wouldn’t be buying the gadgets, saying […]

September 20, 2018

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – August 1-31, 2018

Tougher Penalties for Dangerous Driving Start Sept. 1 August 31, 2018, Government of Ontario (TORONTO, ONTARIO) Ontario’s Government for the People is taking steps to ensure Ontario’s roads are safe for everyone. Starting September 1, there will be tougher penalties for careless driving and endangering pedestrians. Drivers convicted of careless driving causing bodily harm or death […]

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – July 1-31, 2018

Are there fewer deaths caused by distracted driving these days? Not yet, it seems July 30, 2018, Globe and Mail (OTTAWA, ONTARIO) Despite education campaigns and tougher penalties, distracted driving still counts for nearly one in four fatal crashes on Canadian roads. “It doesn’t seem to be going down,” said Robyn Robertson, president and CEO […]

July 19, 2018

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – June 1-30, 2018

How police are preparing to catch drivers under the influence of cannabis June 30, 2018, CTV News (TORONTO, ONTARIO) With recreational marijuana set to become legal on Oct. 17, police forces across Canada are stepping up efforts to train officers to detect drivers under the influence of the drug. A new piece of legislation that […]

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – May 1-31, 2018

Transport Canada supports projects to prepare Canada for connected and automated vehicles May 29, 2018, Transport Canada (SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN) 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 […]

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – April 1-30, 2018

Few details of how police will monitor high drivers once pot is legalized April 27, 2018, News 1130 (VICTORIA, B.C.) Now that BC has a plan for regulating the distribution and sale of pot, questions remain about how to keep users from getting behind the wheel high. It’s something the province’s public safety minister is […]

April 9, 2018

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – March 1-31, 2018

How much cannabis could you smoke and stay under the proposed legal limit for driving? The answer may be zero March 28, 2018, National Post (OTTAWA, ONTARIO) Last month, at a city council meeting in Kelowna, B.C., the ranking RCMP officer was giving his quarterly update on policing when a councillor posed a question about […]

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – February 1-28, 2018

Toronto pedestrian deaths mark a ‘crisis’ in this city, says Jennifer Keesmaat February 23, 2018, CBC News (TORONTO, ONTARIO) Toronto’s former chief planner is warning that this city faces a crisis when it comes to the number of pedestrians killed on its streets. Jennifer Keesmaat urged city hall to make protecting those on foot its top […]

February 9, 2018

Canadian Road Safety News Digest – January 1-31, 2018

Manitoba Will Allow for Testing and Use of Autonomous Vehicles on Provincial Roads January 30, 2018, Manitoba Post (WINNIPEG, MANITOBA) The Manitoba government will bring forward legislative amendments which would allow for testing and use of autonomous vehicles on provincial highways, Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler said in a press release. Continue reading this post…   […]