CHARLOTTETOWN, June 15, 2017 /CNW/ - Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is teaming up with the PEI Department of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy and Cycling PEI to highlight the recent amendments to the Highway Traffic Act that will improve road safety.
"I am delighted to congratulate the Government of PEI and all stakeholders on these important amendments," said Amanda Dean, Vice-President, Atlantic, IBC. "Road safety is something that IBC's members are passionate about. In fact, many of today's most effective road safety measures are the result, in part, of insurer advocacy. However there is still more that can be done. IBC will continue to work with governments across Canada to make our roads safer."
The Government of PEI recently introduced amendments to the Highway Traffic Act that will encourage drivers and cyclists to 'Share the Road'. The amendments include the addition of the 'one metre rule', which requires drivers passing cyclists to leave at least one metre between the cyclists and the vehicles. The changes also highlight the need for drivers to be cautious when opening the door of a vehicle.
"This campaign aims to raise awareness of important legislative changes aimed at making our Island roads safer for cyclists," said the Hon. Paula Biggar, Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy, Government of PEI. "By working with groups like Insurance Bureau of Canada and Cycling PEI, we can make sure that PEI's roads are safer for everyone."
"Changes like those being made to the Highway Traffic Act happen when citizens and communities recognize that our roadways must be safe for everyone," said Mike Connelly, Executive Director, Cycling PEI. "We all must share the road. We all have a role to play in keeping cyclists, motorists, and pedestrians safe."
For more information on the changes to the Highway Traffic Act, please visit the Government of PEI's website here.
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SOURCE Insurance Bureau of Canada
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