FROM THE ED­I­TOR’S DESK

The Road Safety Chal­lenge (RSC) spon­sored by the Min­istry of Trans­porta­tion (MTO) is a provin­cial cam­paign (May 15th – June 11th 2017) with a goal to en­gage the par­tic­i­pa­tion of com­mu­nity groups and pri­vate sec­tor to raise aware­ness of road safety is­sues

Road Today - - From the Editor's desk -

Thanks for your con­tin­ued pa­tron­age to our award-win­ning mag­a­zine serv­ing Canada’s mul­ti­cul­tural trans­porta­tion in­dus­try! In­side this edi­tion, you will find the lat­est de­vel­op­ments and up­dates related to the in­dus­try plus all the reg­u­lar col­umns and fea­tures.

On­tario is cre­at­ing jobs and keep­ing peo­ple mov­ing by widen­ing 18 kilo­me­ters of High­way 401 from the Credit River in Mis­sis­sauga to Re­gional Road 25 in Mil­ton. We wel­come this ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture project, as widen­ing the 401 from ex­ist­ing six lane con­fig­u­ra­tion to a com­bi­na­tion of ten-twelve lanes will re­lieve con­ges­tion, al­low for a more ef­fi­cient trans­porta­tion and flow of goods, and will help ac­com­mo­date con­tin­ued pop­u­la­tion and em­ploy­ment growth in the re­gion.

The On­tario Provin­cial Po­lice (OPP) has firmed up its 2016 traf­fic data, which re­vealed in­creases in many fa­tal­ity cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing the most tragic snow­mo­bile sea­son in 14 years. Every year, without ex­cep­tion, the ma­jor­ity of the fa­tal­i­ties are at­trib­uted to the “Big Four” main causal fac­tors in road deaths. Three are linked to driver be­hav­iour (ag­gres­sive, inat­ten­tive and im­paired driv­ing). The fourth (lack of seat belt use) ap­plies to drivers and pas­sen­gers. Th­ese be­hav­iours were re­spon­si­ble for 165 (more than half) of last year’s 307 deaths with lit­tle change over the pre­vi­ous year. Road safety is a shared re­spon­si­bil­ity and we all need to play an ac­tive role.

Traf­fic In­jury Re­search Foun­da­tion (TIRF) has pub­lished a new study to in­ves­ti­gate knowl­edge, at­ti­tudes and per­cep­tions among women in On­tario and their ex­pe­ri­ences in re­la­tion to drink­ing and driv­ing. Al­though there has con­sis­tently been a lower rate of im­paired driv­ing among women as compared to men, in­ci­dents among women have in­creased in the past two decades. We carry more de­tails on page 24.

The Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle Safety Al­liance’s (CVSA) 30th an­nual In­ter­na­tional Road­check will take place June 6-8, 2017. Over a 72hour pe­riod, Cvsa-cer­ti­fied com­mer­cial mo­tor ve­hi­cle in­spec­tors in ju­ris­dic­tions through­out North Amer­ica will con­duct in­spec­tions of com­mer­cial mo­tor ve­hi­cles and their drivers. This year’s fo­cus is cargo se­cure­ment and we en­cour­age you to be well pre­pared.

Com­ing up later this month is the 9th An­nual Road To­day Show & Job Fair, which will be or­ga­nized at the Soc­cer Cen­tre in Bramp­ton on Satur­day, May 27th. We are very pleased to share that the day has been pro­claimed as Road Safety Chal­lenge Day in the City of Bramp­ton. The event will dis­play ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties fo­cus­ing on dis­tracted driv­ing, pedes­trian safety, im­paired driv­ing, com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle safety, trade show, job fair, kids & fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment and lots more. En­try and park­ing is al­ways free.

En­joy the pleasant weather. Al­ways re­mem­ber; road safety starts with you. Shall see you at the Road To­day Show!

Manan Gupta Ed­i­tor @gup­ta­manan

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