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

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Last Updated on March 18, 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 electronic device while driving since the new laws came into effect in January 2010.

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City of Saskatoon reviewing residential speed limits, looking for public feedback

February 24, 2021, Global News (SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN)

You may need to ease up on your gas pedal on Saskatoon residential streets, as the city is reviewing speed limits.

The city has been conducting neighbourhood traffic reviews (NTRs) since 2013 and will present findings and strategies to the standing policy committee on transportation March 1.

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U of T driver attention study could help cities turn the corner on road safety

February 23, 2021, U of T News (TORONTO, ONTARIO)

Motorists preparing to turn at an intersection must quickly process several pieces of information before making their move: traffic signals, traffic signs, pedestrians, cyclists and, of course, other vehicles.

But if drivers become overloaded with information, the results can be deadly – and it’s often pedestrians and cyclists who pay the price.

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Council approves lowering St. Albert speed limits to 40 km/h

February 21, 2021, St. Albert Today (ST. ALBERT, ALBERTA)

On Tuesday, St. Albert city council unanimously passed second and third readings of changes to the city's traffic bylaw, which include bringing down residential road speeds to 40 km/h, some arterial roads to 60 km/h, and making school zone start times earlier.

"This is a brave and a big move for the City of St. Albert and I'm happy to see some support around this," said Mayor Cathy Heron. "It's about putting safety first – are you in favour of ensuring that someone, some dog, some vehicle suffers less harm? That's what a 10 km/h difference has proven."

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Edmonton drafting one-metre rule for motorists passing cyclists

February 17, 2021, CBC News (EDMONTON, ALBERTA)

Motorists on Edmonton streets may soon be required to stay at least one-metre away when passing cyclists if city council approves a new traffic safety bylaw.

Council's community and public services committee agreed Wednesday that administration should draft a safe passing bylaw.

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Why 7-Eleven's plan to serve alcohol in Ontario sparks concern — and curiosity — in business community

February 17, 2021, CBC News (TORONTO, ONTARIO)

7-Eleven's new plan to sell wine and beer at several Ontario stores is raising both eyebrows and concern in the business community.

Already struggling with COVID-19 restrictions, Ontario bars and restaurants may soon be facing new competition from a powerful, multinational chain of convenience stores.

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Drunk driving is Canada's deadliest crime – and one of our most lightly punished

February 16, 2021, National Post (TORONTO, ONTARIO)

Last week the Parole Board of Canada granted full parole to Marco Muzzo, a Toronto man responsible for one of the country’s most horrific drunk driving crashes. A member of one of Canada’s wealthiest families, Muzzo had just arrived on a private jet from a Miami bachelor party when, despite being so drunk he had peed himself, he decided to drive home from the airport in his Jeep Cherokee. Within minutes, after blowing through a stop-sign and striking a minivan, he had killed three young children and their grandfather.

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Government of Saskatchewan Completes Year Two of $100 Million Intersection Safety Strategy

February 5, 2021, Government of Saskatchewan (REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN)

The Government of Saskatchewan has completed $40 million in highway safety improvements all over the province since 2019.  This marks year two of a five-year $100 million strategy to improve safety at intersections and highways in Saskatchewan.

“Our government made a commitment to make significant investments in intersection safety,” Highways Minister Fred Bradshaw said.  “I am pleased to see the progress that has been made in the first two years of this strategy, and look forward to much more in the next three.”

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No plans to recommend changes to accommodate e-scooters: SGI

February 4, 2021, The Star Pheonix (SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN)

The entrepreneur behind a plan to bring electric scooters to Saskatoon says it will not be a “deal-breaker” if the vehicles are not immediately permitted to operate on public streets.

Ben Quattrini wants to buy almost 400 e-scooters and lease software from Toronto-based Roll Scooters, with the aim of having them available for hire as early as this summer.

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If you're guilty of impaired driving in Sask., be prepared to drive with an ignition breathalyzer

February 3, 2021, CTV News (SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN)

Saskatchewan saw an all-time high of vehicles equipped with breathalyzers last year.

“There are more than 2,500 active ignition interlock clients right now in Saskatchewan,” according to SGI media relations manager Tyler McMurchy. “It allows people to drive after an impaired driving offence but it also ensures they are driving safe.”

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