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Road Today - - Contents - Manan Gupta Ed­i­tor @gup­ta­manan

Wel­come

to the Septem­ber 2016 edi­tion and thanks for your in­ter­est in our award-win­ning mag­a­zine proudly serv­ing Canada’s mul­ti­cul­tural trucking in­dus­try since 2004! In­side this edi­tion, you will find the lat­est de­vel­op­ments and event up­dates plus all the reg­u­lar col­umns and fea­tures.

The Na­tional Trucking Week held from Septem­ber 4th to 10th is a spe­cial oc­ca­sion to ac­knowl­edge and spot­light the con­tri­bu­tions of the hun­dreds of thou­sands of men and women of the Cana­dian trucking in­dus­try who keep the coun­try’s freight mov­ing, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We take this op­por­tu­nity to con­grat­u­late and thank every­one who has cho­sen to build a ca­reer in the trucking in­dus­try, make valu­able con­tri­bu­tions and raise the in­dus­try pro­file work­ing pro­fes­sion­ally.

For the first time since On­tario dis­tracted driv­ing laws were in­tro­duced in 2009, the On­tario Provin­cial Po­lice (OPP) is re­port­ing that driver inat­ten­tion-re­lated road deaths are poised to dou­ble the num­ber of im­paired-re­lated deaths this year. As of mid-au­gust, the OPP has in­ves­ti­gated 38 road deaths in which an inat­ten­tive driver was in­volved, com­pared to 19 deaths in­volv­ing an im­paired driver. While both of these driv­ing be­hav­iours are equally threat­en­ing to the safety of road users, this lat­est data has the OPP call­ing for a height­ened aware­ness of the preva­lence of dis­tracted driv­ers and the risks they pose on our roads. The OPP is also call­ing on On­tar­i­ans to de­velop a sim­i­lar level of pub­lic in­tol­er­ance of these dan­ger­ous driv­ers that ex­ists of im­paired driv­ers.

Kids are now back to school fol­low­ing the sum­mer break and we wish all stu­dents, par­ents and teach­ers a fab­u­lous learn­ing year filled with happy mo­ments. At the same time, we need to re­mem­ber that more chil­dren will be walk­ing and bik­ing on our roads as they at­tend school. Younger chil­dren often have limited ex­pe­ri­ence with traf­fic and lack the skills to ne­go­ti­ate traf­fic safely. Par­ents are en­cour­aged to re­view and prac­tice safety rules with their chil­dren, and to en­sure the child is fa­mil­iar with his/her route to the bus or school. Mo­torists need to take spe­cial care while driv­ing and es­pe­cially around the bus stop and school zone ar­eas. Please re­mem­ber that road safety is a shared re­spon­si­bil­ity and every­one plays a sig­nif­i­cant role.

The Smart Trucker sem­i­nar se­ries pre­sented by Road To­day Me­dia Group and Outridge En­ter­prises will make next stop in Kingston, On­tario on Tues­day, Septem­ber 20th. The sem­i­nar of­fers win­ning strate­gies on lead­er­ship, busi­ness, time man­age­ment, cus­tomer ser­vice, profit cen­tres, lat­est trends and safety up­dates to trucking pro­fes­sion­als. Reg­is­tra­tion is free and can be made con­ve­niently at road­to­day.com/smart­trucker. We thank all in­dus­try spon­sors and par­tic­i­pants for mak­ing this ed­u­ca­tional and in­for­ma­tive initiative a great suc­cess.

Thanks for watch­ing Road To­day 360 TV Show (avail­able on Bell, Rogers, on­line..) and send­ing your valu­able feed­back as well. We look for­ward to strength­en­ing the con­ver­sa­tion with all read­ers and stake­hold­ers through our so­cial me­dia plat­forms on Youtube, Twit­ter and Face­book.

Stay safe and see you next month.

Op­er­a­tion Safe Driver Week (Oct. 16-22, 2016) aims to help im­prove the be­hav­ior of all driv­ers op­er­at­ing in an un­safe man­ner – ei­ther by or around com­mer­cial mo­tor ve­hi­cles – and to ini­ti­ate ed­u­ca­tional and traf­fic en­force­ment strate­gies to ad­dress...

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