Drive Soberly, Slow Down

    McGuinty Government Encourages Motorists To Be Safe On Ontario's Roads
    and Waterways

    TORONTO, May 15 /CNW/ -


    By driving defensively and being on the lookout for impaired, speeding and
other dangerous drivers, everyone can help keep Ontario's roads and waterways
    Ontario has some of the toughest laws in Canada for dealing with dangerous
drivers, including:

    -   An immediate three-day licence suspension for all drivers and boaters
        caught with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.05 to 0.08 (the
        "warn" range).
    -   Immediate, seven-day impoundment of vehicles driven at 50 kilometres
        per hour or more above the speed limit, or involved in stunt driving
        or racing.

    The number of drinking drivers involved in fatal crashes is about 60 per
cent higher during the summer months. The number of speeding drivers involved
in fatal collisions also jumps this time of year, by about 30 per cent.


    "Most crashes are preventable - none more so than those caused by
aggressive or drinking drivers. This selfish behaviour is dangerous to the
driver, passengers and others on the road. That is why we have stepped up the
fight against dangerous driving with new laws and tougher penalties."
    - Transportation Minister Jim Bradley

    "The OPP, through our Provincial Traffic Safety Program is committed to
the aggressive enforcement of all the road safety laws. We will target all
drivers whose reckless disregard for the safety of others on Ontario's
highways and roadways put people's lives at risk. To make Ontario's roads the
safest in Canada, we will undertake this commitment 24/7-365."
    - Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Julian Fantino


    -   About eight people are killed and 12 are injured in motor vehicle
        crashes each year during the Victoria Day weekend.
    -   Drivers in the "warn" range are about seven times more likely to be
        in a fatal collision than those who have not been drinking.
    -   One quarter of all fatal crashes on Ontario roads involve alcohol.
    -   In 2006, Ontario's sanctions for impaired drivers were extended to
        include boat operators.


    The Traveller's Road Information Portal (TRIP) gives you 24/7 access to
road information on provincially maintained highways

    The Ministry of Transportation's 2006 Ontario Road Safety Annual Report
provides a comprehensive review of road safety figures and statistics for the
Province of Ontario

                                                      Disponible en français

For further information:

For further information: Nicole Lippa-Gasparro, Minister's Office, (416)
327-1815; Bob Nichols, Communications Branch, (416) 327-1158

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