Toronto police have recently changed the way they are responding to traffic collisions. In the last year alone, they arrived at the scene of approximately 64,000 traffic accidents within the city limits, which is an increase of 6,000 from two years previously. About 70% of these calls were for minor fender benders, and did not require police presence.
The group behind Stop100 think so. They are actively petitioning to raise the speed limits of 400-series highways in Ontario to 120km/hr, and they have already gathered over 25,000 signatures. But this seems counter-intuitive. How is a faster speed limit a safe alternative to the current speed of 100km/hr? Stop100’s website claims that “many countries with higher speed limits observe lower or similar fatality rates to Ontario.”
When speed limits are low, drivers tend to do one of two things. Most people drive faster, keeping a sharp eye out for police radar, while others choose to drive exactly the limit. This creates a chaotic highway filled with obstacles, where as a driver, you are continually speeding up to go around slow drivers, and then dodging out of the way of other, much faster, drivers. Continue reading
You’re driving to a friend’s house. Your phone is in your bag on the passenger seat. While waiting at a red light, you hear the unmistakable sound of a text message and see the screen’s light shining up at you invitingly. The light is still red, and you might have time to read it. You reach over and grab the phone. It’s your friend asking if you’re bringing your partner. You’re not, and you feel the need to reply. Now the light is green, so you cradle the phone in one hand and steer with the other, typing as many characters as you can between quick glances at the road. Your mind is trying to both answer and drive, and meanwhile, you’re spelling everything wrong and getting frustrated. Continue reading
In light of a recent report, Ontario police are cracking down on dangerous driving during the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend. This is the first Thanksgiving since the Ontario government passed stiffer penalties for distracted driving, which include up to $1,000 in fines and three demerit points.
The report describes the main causes of traffic-related casualties between 2011 and 2015, and states that the great majority of the 1,507 deaths on the road Continue reading
Today CBC news published an article titled “Inconsistent radar testing casts doubt on validity of millions of speeding tickets”. For your reference, see the article written by Marnie Luke, Lori Ward, and CBC News here: www.cbc.ca/news/canada/speeding-tickets
This article has gained some traction through social media today, and is starting to become a topic of conversation in some circles. It is very important that in reading this article, we take this information with a grain of salt and understand what this means in a practical sense to anyone who unfortunately finds themselves charged with a Speeding offence. Continue reading
If you operate commercial vehicles in Ontario, you are subject to the rules of Ontario’s Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration (CVOR) system and the Carrier Safety Rating (CSR) Program. These systems are in place to maintain the safety of Ontario’s roads by rating and inspecting commercial vehicles and drivers. As an operator, there many aspects of your CVOR rating you need to be aware of. The following information is good to know in general, but especially useful if you find yourself charged with a traffic infraction or offence.
What constitutes a commercial vehicle?
In Ontario, doctors are required by law to report anyone over 16 who they believe is not able to drive safely due to a medical condition. They file their report with the Ministry of Transportation, which may then request more information, or may suspend the license without need for further evidence. Some of the more common conditions that lead to a medical suspension include alcohol/drug abuse, epilepsy, diabetes, and major vision problems, among others. The timeline and necessary steps for getting a license reinstated depends on the severity and nature of the condition, and will require proof that the driver has taken these steps and can now drive safely.
What if I’m caught driving while under a medical suspension? Continue reading
Distracted driving is becoming a more prevalent problem on today’s roads, and more responsible for crashes than ever before. If you consider yourself a multi-tasking genius, taking a look at some statistics will turn you off distracted driving. It only takes one second of distraction to miss something important; the guy slamming on his breaks in front of you, the cyclist taking a hard left across your lane of traffic, or the pedestrian stepping out into traffic without a pedestrian walk. It’s the driver’s responsibility to be aware enough to react to unforeseen events on the road ahead. Are you guilty of being distracted? Check out Part 3 of our series for ways to break the habit! Continue reading
We’ve all been guilty of fumbling around with precariously perched items, buzzing electronics, or excited dogs/children while driving, especially when we are in a panicked-induced state of mind. In this modern age where everything we do seems to be distracted, how can we cut down on distracted driving? Here are five easy tips: Continue reading
If you read Part 1 of our blog series about changing traffic laws in Ontario, you’re probably wondering how significant these changes are going to be! This post will cover all the main alterations in Ontario’s driving laws, which include steeper fines and more demerit points for committing driving offenes, and new additions to the law regarding pedestrians and cyclists. The changes listed below are going to be implemented over the next few months, so you may as well keep them in mind starting now!
For Distracted Driving: Continue reading