Government Reminds Drivers To Drive Safely This Holiday Weekend
QUEEN'S PARK, Aug. 3 /CNW/ - Ontario's roads will be busier than usual
with the approach of the Civic Holiday weekend. The Ministry of Transportation
is warning aggressive drivers who speed or drive dangerously that they are not
welcome on Ontario's roads.
"Reckless behaviour on our roads endangers everyone," said Minister of
Transportation Donna Cansfield. "Only safe drivers are welcome on our roads.
If you don't drive safely, you will face some of the highest penalties in
Statistics show 30 per cent of drivers involved in fatal crashes may have
been driving aggressively: driving too fast for road and weather conditions,
running red lights, weaving in and out of traffic and failing to yield the
right of way. Driving at unsafe speeds increases the force of impact in a
crash and the risk of serious injury or death. In 2004, 345 people were killed
in collisions involving speed or loss of control.
The McGuinty government toughened penalties for drivers who race on
Ontario's roads through the Safer Roads for a Safer Ontario Act, 2007. The new
legislation passed unanimously earlier this year, and includes:
- Increased fines for convicted street racers - up to $10,000, the
highest traffic fine in Canada
- Immediate roadside suspension of drivers' licences for seven days
when street racing, driving contests or stunt driving are suspected
- Impounding cars at roadside for seven days when street racing,
driving contests or stunt driving are suspected
- Banning driving on a highway with a connected nitrous oxide system.
Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Julian Fantino warns that OPP
officers continue to be unrelenting in their pursuit of aggressive and
irresponsible drivers. "Crashes are often caused by aggressive driving, which
includes street racing, unsafe lane changes and, the leading cause of criminal
death in Canada, impaired driving," Fantino said. "The OPP is patrolling the
highways 24 hours a day, seven days a week watching for these drivers in our
all-out effort to put an end to the senseless carnage."
"This is a time for Ontarians to enjoy a safe holiday weekend. Our
message to all drivers is simple - drive responsibly and keep Ontario's roads
safe," said Cansfield.
For up-to-date information on highway construction and road conditions,
call the government's road information line at 416-235-4686, or toll-free at
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For further information:
For further information: Media Contacts: Jamie Rilett, Minister's
Office, (416) 327-9134; Bob Nichols, Communications Branch, (416) 327-1158;
Public Inquiries: (416) 235-4686 (GTA), 1-800-268-4686 toll free,