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Canadian Road Safety News Digest – August 1-31, 2021
September 24, 2021 | Categories: Quick Scan
Last Updated on September 24, 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, which he said are easily preventable with the proper precautions.
New 40 km/h speed limits take effect for most Edmonton residential and downtown streets
August 07, 2021, Edmonton Journal (EDMONTON, ALBERTA)
Edmontonians will need to hit the brakes as new speed limits have come into affect for many city streets.
Most residential and downtown streets, including parts of Whyte Avenue and Jasper Avenue, now have a speed limit of 40 km/h. The change won’t impact most of the city’s major roads. The city released a new online feature to help drivers calculate driving distances, a map of affected roads, along with other educational tools on their website to help people adjust.
Lower speed limits coming to downtown Whitehorse as of Aug. 23
August 11, 2021, CBC News (WHITEHORSE, YUKON)
The city of Whitehorse is posting new, lower speed limits downtown starting later this month.
As of Monday, Aug. 23, the speed limit on all downtown streets will be 40 km/h. The change follows a report commissioned by the city last year that looked at traffic safety and speed in downtown Whitehorse. City staff then recommended changes to the speed limit, and council voted in favour.
Lower Saskatoon speed limit to 40 km/h: city report
August 11, 2021, Global News (SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN)
The document, which came before the city’s transportation committee on Monday, stated the city council should lower the speed limit to improve traffic safety and quality of life.
Reduce the speed limit, get less collisions: Quebec study
August 16, 2021, CTV News (MONTREAL, QUEBEC)
A study by two researchers concluded that reducing speed limits on Quebec's road network has had a beneficial effect on the risk of serious and fatal accidents.
Professor Marie-Soleil Cloutier of the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) and École des sciences de la gestion (ESG) Department of Urban and Tourism Studies professor Ugo Lachapelle at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) drew on data from the Ministère des Transports du Québec (MTQ) between 2006 and 2013 on roads across the province.
RCMP Release Impaired Driving Stats For July
August 16, 2021, CTV News (BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA)
The Nova Scotia RCMP charged 127 individuals in relation to impaired driving in the month of July.
In a release, RCMP say of those individuals, 63 were charged with driving while impaired by alcohol and 8 were charged with driving while impaired by drugs.
Cannabix: Developing A Solution For Outdated Marijuana Testing
August 19, 2021, Yahoo Finance (NORTH AMERICA)
As we all know, the evolving legalization of medical and recreational cannabis in the United States and Canada is taking us into uncharted territory. As more laws allow the use of this drug, it is well worth considering how this will impact the safety of drivers, including whether our current methods of testing for THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound largely responsible for the high that marijuana users experience) are really as fair and relevant as we need them to be. This is no small issue, as studies are revealing that drug-impaired driving is growing in both countries.
Saint-Laurent's Ten-Year Capital Investment Program for 2021-2030 - Saint-Laurent Invests $872,000 in 2021 for School Children's Safety
August 19, 2021, Newswire.ca (SAINT-LAURENT, QUEBEC)
As families get ready for the start of the school year, Saint-Laurent is pleased to announce an investment of $872,000 in 2021 to ensure safety around schools located on its territory. This total $2-million injection into such improvements for this year, which comes within a series of projects designed to ensure the safety and user-friendliness of pedestrian travel, is being jointly shared by the Arrondissement and Ville de Montréal.
City wants your input on road safety, possible speed reductions in Barrie
August 23, 2021, Barrie Today (BARRIE, ONTARIO)
The City of Barrie is asking residents to comment on road safety in their neighbourhood and across the city, and how it might be improved. The deadline to share feedback is Tuesday, Aug. 31.
As part of council’s plan to create safer streets, the city created an online survey to poll residents on road safety and speed changes in Barrie. The purpose is to gain feedback from residents as to whether people are in favour of a city-wide reduction or solely a reduction in residential areas, along with further questions that may help identify specific streets of concern with respect to road safety and speeding.
New report highlights risks of privatizing Manitoba infrastructure and Vehicle Equipment Management Agency
August 25, 2021, National Union (WINNIPEG, MANITOBA)
“The study is a huge caution flag. Members are warning this government that the privatization road they’re going down will either increase costs to Manitobans or sacrifice road safety in our province.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
Jasper RCMP focus on traffic safety, increase in graffiti
August 27, 2021, Yahoo News (JASPER, ALBERTA)
Jasper RCMP provided municipal council with a quarterly update during the committee of the whole meeting on Aug. 24.
During this quarter, Jasper RCMP had three main priorities they wanted to focus on. Priority one was traffic safety, priority two was crime reduction and priority three was community engagement.
The main focus for traffic safety was to increase the education and enforcement to reduce traffic collisions fatalities and complaints.
Who's in control when we're behind the wheel?
August 28, 2021, Winnipeg Free Press (WINNIPEG, MANITOBA)
WHEN I’m behind the wheel, I like to think I’m in charge. Unfortunately, our car recently rejected its normal subservience and showed us who’s boss.
The vehicle disabled itself on the Trans-Canada Highway at about 11 p.m. on Aug. 17. Four of us in the car were returning from a visit to Saskatchewan when, about 120 kilometres west of Winnipeg, our highway cruising speed suddenly dropped to about 30 km/h, and the car began lurching. We pulled over to the shoulder, rested the car, and tried again, but the engine had almost no power.
Steady rising trend in impaired driving offenses
August 30, 2021, The Daily Press (TIMMINS, ONTARIO)
The Timmins Police Service is reporting a rising trend in both the number of impaired driving incidents and those involving impairment due to drugs.
Close to half of the impaired driving charges laid by TPS officers this year involved motorists who were under the intoxicating influence of drugs.
Study: No spike in traffic-related injuries after Canada legalized recreational cannabis
August 30, 2021, The Growth Up (ONTARIO & ALBERTA)
Neither Ontario nor Alberta — far and away, the leaders for the number of cannabis stores in the country — have witnessed a significant rise in emergency visits from traffic-related injuries since weed got the green light three years ago.
Published last week, researchers sought to get firm numbers afters some have expressed concerns about how recreational cannabis legalization could influence road-related injuries, particularly with respect to youth drivers.
City to begin enforcing 40 km/h speed limit on Wednesday
August 31, 2021, CTV News (EDMONTON, ALBERTA)
As children head back to school on Wednesday, the City of Edmonton will begin to enforce its new 40 km/h default speed limit.
In playgrounds and school zones, the speed limit is 30 km/h from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 40 km/h outside of those hours.
Canadian Events & Conferences in 2021
Parachute National Teen Driver Safety Week
October 17-23, 2021