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
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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