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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 […]

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 […]