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

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Last Updated on March 18, 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 car and hurt yourself? Or worse, what if you hurt or even killed someone else – could you live with yourself?

Don’t drive impaired. If you’ve been drinking or using drugs, please make the right choice to get home safely.

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Ontario impaired driving sanctions lag other Provinces’

January 27, 2021, The Star (OAKVILLE, ONTARIO)

Ontario isn’t tough enough on first-time impaired drivers, lagging behind many other provinces, some experts say.

The criminal laws against impaired driving, from driving under the influence to impaired driving causing injury or death, and the penalties that go with them — ranging from fines to jail and prison time — are spelled out in the Criminal Code of Canada and apply nationwide.

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Province releases 2021-22 Five-Year Highway Plan

January 27, 2021, Government of Nova Scotia (HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA)

Nova Scotia will invest almost $500 million to improve and upgrade roads, highways and bridges across the province this year.

The Five-Year Highway Improvement Plan includes more than 150 major construction and improvement projects for the coming year that will make Nova Scotia’s roads, highways and bridges safer.

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Impaired driving charges have dropped across the Greater Toronto Area since the pandemic began

January 26, 2021, CTV News (TORONTO, ONTARIO)

Impaired driving charges have dropped across the Greater Toronto Area since the pandemic began beyond what would be in line with the reduced traffic on the roads, according to figures reviewed by CTV News Toronto.

It’s not entirely clear why, though possible explanations range from genuinely safer streets thanks to a stay-at-home order that discourages visits to bars and restaurants, to challenges prosecuting impaired driving charges in a pandemic.

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Sober Driving Message for Students Goes Virtual as MPI and MADD Canada Deliver Anti-Impaired Driving Education Program Online

January 25, 2021, Financial Post (OAKVILLE, ONTARIO)

Manitoba students will participate in a new virtual and interactive program about the risks of impaired driving, as MADD Canada and Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) take the School Programonline.

The School Programeducates students in Grades 7 -12 about the risks and consequences of impaired driving and empowers them to make safe and responsible choices…

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Windsor partners with Ford to improve road safety through data

January 21, 2021, CTV News (WINDSOR, ONTARIO)

The City of Windsor is teaming up with Ford Smart Mobility Canada to access the automaker’s Safety Insights platform in an effort to create safer roads through data-driven insights and decisions.

The pilot project, unveiled Thursday morning, will allow Ford Mobility to track selective data from connected Ford vehicles, with the car owners’ permission.

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Public Input on Driver Training, Inspection and Dealer Licencing Regulations

January 21, 2021, Government of Nova Scotia (HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA)

Government continues to seek input on Traffic Safety Act draft regulations.

Nova Scotians can now provide feedback on proposed regulations that will outline the rules for businesses and people who are licensed to sell and inspect vehicles, as well as for those who train drivers of passenger and commercial vehicles.

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Safer driving behaviours are hard to sustain, but it can be done

January 19, 2021, Newswire (TORONTO, ONTARIO)

Drivers who took part in Canada's Safest Driver contest quickly learned how to improve their driving behaviours, and while some drivers found their improvements hard to sustain, the riskiest drivers decreased their dangerous driving by 30 per cent overall.

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New Year, New Focus on Safe Driving Habits

January 18, 2021, Canada Safety Council (OTTAWA, ONTARIO)

To kick off the new year, the Canada Safety Council would like to remind you that winter driving requires extra caution.

“Winter driving can be challenging at any time but more so when snow and slush interfere with solid contact with the road and the clear visibility we enjoy in the non-winter season,” said Gareth Jones, President and CEO of the Canada Safety Council. “As we move into the season of snow and ice it’s always good to take a minute to remind ourselves of what it takes to drive in winter conditions.”

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More than 53,000 tickets were issued by Toronto's new speed cameras in 5 months

January 15, 2021, CTV News (TORONTO, ONTARIO)

More than 53,000 tickets have been issued to drivers caught speeding by Toronto’s newly installed speed cameras during the first round of enforcement, according to new data.

Last summer, 50 automated speed enforcement (ASE) devices were scattered across the city in an effort to increase road safety, reduce speeding and raise public awareness about obeying posted speed limits.

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Expert draws link between Ontario's support of liquor industry, high impaired driving numbers

January 15, 2021, CBC News (THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO)

High impaired driving numbers in places like Thunder Bay, Ont. are a consequence of the provincial government's efforts to support the liquor industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, a Canadian researcher says.

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Male drivers identified as ‘super speeders’ on Manitoba roadways

January 15, 2021, MPI (WINNIPEG, MANITOBA)

Male drivers (aged 34 and under) account for more than half the speed-related, Serious Driving Offences recently issued, according to Manitoba Public Insurance and the RCMP.

A total of 522 speed-related Serious Driving Offences were forwarded to MPI from January to the end of December 2020. This is nearly a 60 per cent increase from the same time frame in 2019.

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US agency updating auto safety ratings for new technology

January 14, 2021, 570 News (DETROIT, MICHIGAN)

The U.S. government’s road safety agency wants to update its ratings system for vehicle safety to include testing of some new advanced driver-assist systems as it tries to keep up with changing technology.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants public comment about testing and adding a rating system for lane-keeping, automatic braking for pedestrians, blind spot warning and blind spot intervention systems. It included automatic emergency braking in its ratings system for the 2018 model year.

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With 43 traffic fatalities, Peel Region had the deadliest roads in GTA for 2020

January 14, 2021, The Star (PEEL REGION, ONTARIO)

Peel Region had the GTA’s deadliest roads in 2020, recording a record number of fatalities despite a noticeable reduction in traffic on its streets.

Peel’s 43 road deaths last year nearly doubled the 23 fatalities recorded in 2019 and was more even than in Toronto, which reported 40 traffic deaths.

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Road safety study to be conducted in collaboration with Oromocto First Nation

January 12, 2021, Government of New Brunswick (FREDERICTON, N.B.)

The provincial government is taking part in a road safety study in Oromocto, near the Oromocto First Nation.

The study will be conducted by Dillon Consultants Engineering and will include a review of the safety of the following intersections:

  • Route 102 (Waasis Road) and Hiawatha Avenue;
  • Route 102 and Ganong Street; and
  • Route 102 and MacDonald Avenue.

“We are pleased with the opportunity to collaborate with our partners to evaluate how to enhance safety for all road users at these intersections,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Jill Green. “Working together on this project broadens everyone’s understanding of all the essential considerations and will allow us to find the best results.”

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Ontario Expanding Truck Rest Areas Across the Province

January 7, 2021, Ontario Ministry of Transportation (TORONTO, ONTARIO)

The Ontario government is improving 14 existing truck rest areas, building 10 new rest areas and adding 178 additional truck parking spaces at four existing ONroute travel plazas. This is part of the province's five-year plan to keep Ontario's roads and highways among the safest in North America and maintain the safe movement of essential goods.

"Truck drivers spend long hours moving goods of every type and description on our roadways and we need to ensure they have a modern, safe and welcoming place to stop and rest," said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. "During the pandemic our carriers and drivers have been going above and beyond to get essential goods to market and we truly appreciate their effort, especially during this busy holiday season."

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Traffic offenses down by 26% this holiday season

January 7, 2021, Todayville.com (EDMONTON, ALBERTA)

Edmonton – This holiday season, Alberta RCMP conducted enforcement initiatives focussed on promoting traffic safety. Between Dec. 24, 2020 and Jan. 3, 2021, RCMP issued a total of 2,374 traffic tickets across the province.

Overall, 872 individuals were ticketed for speeding, 55 motorists were caught distracted driving, and 130 impaired drivers were removed from the roads. Of the 130 impaired drivers, 16 were Criminal Code Impaired by Alcohol and four were Criminal Code Impaired by Drugs…

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Toronto police arrested over 1,100 people for suspected impaired driving last year

January 5, 2021, CBC News (TORONTO, ONTARIO)

Toronto police say they arrested 1,107 people for allegedly driving while impaired due to drugs or alcohol last year.

Sgt. Jason Kraft, spokesperson for Toronto police's traffic services, said the number is "disappointing," given that provincial restrictions were in place for much of 2020 and residents were urged to stay home and travel for essential reasons only due to the pandemic.

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ICBC’s trailblazing road improvement program celebrates 30 years of safer roads and over 7,500 projects

January 5, 2021, ICBC (VANCOUVER, B.C.)

For the past 30 years, ICBC's road improvement program has championed innovations in road safety such as modern roundabouts and road safety audits, and invested over $209 million in 7,688 projects.

ICBC's road improvement team is made up of engineers from across the province who work closely with local and provincial government to provide road safety expertise and research.

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Halifax Cycling Coalition offers recommendations for Traffic Safety Act to protect 'vulnerable road users'

January 4, 2021, The Chronicle Herald (HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA)

A coalition of cyclists is asking the provincial government to consider 30 recommendations it has put forward for the Nova Scotia Traffic Safety Act and the regulations that will accompany it.

The Halifax Cycling Coalition publicly released the recommendations last week — including 11 unaddressed proposals and 19 new proposals — for the TSA.

“At the core of our recommendations is trying to make it safer and more convenient for people to be able to ride their bikes and shift some of the regulatory burdens off of people who we sometimes call vulnerable road users, or basically anyone who’s not in a vehicle that’s kind of protecting them,” said coalition executive director Meghan Doucette.

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Traffic Safety Grants Announced

January 2, 2021, Discover Moose Jaw (MOOSE JAW, SASKATCHEWAN)

The Provincial Traffic Safety Fund will be providing $750,000 to 66 communities across the province for road safety projects. The announcement was made earlier this week.

The projects cover a range of initiatives from speed display signs to intersection and crosswalk improvements. The 70 projects were provided grants that range from $547 to $72,300.

“Everyone in Saskatchewan benefits from safer roads in our communities,” Minister Responsible for SGI Don Morgan said in a written statement.  “The communities who applied know their roads better than anyone, and the provincial government is pleased to assist their efforts to improve traffic safety.  The next intake for applications begins in January, and I encourage other municipalities and Indigenous lands or territories to consider applying.”

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