Ontario's Roads Safest In North America

    Ontario Receives Award For Road Safety Achievement

    TORONTO, April 29 /CNW/ -


    Ontario's roads are the safest in North America and today the Ontario
Safety League presented an award to the Ministry of Transportation in
recognition of having the lowest fatality rate since 1931.
    Latest statistics show that Ontario's fatality rate has dropped to its
lowest levels of - 0.87 per 10,000 licensed drivers.
    Ontario's road safety ranking (1st) is tops on the continent, according
to the latest (2006) statistics, well ahead of other comparable North American
jurisdictions such as New York (10th), Quebec (14th), Michigan (16th) and Ohio


    "Even with more people and vehicles on our roads than ever before, our
roads are the safest they have ever been, thanks in part to our dedicated road
safety partners, police, and the many Ontario drivers who are out there every
day, leading by example."
    - Transportation Minister Jim Bradley

    "Through a combination of public education and leading edge legislation
and enforcement initiatives, Ontario has earned a reputation among road safety
practitioners as a global leader in road safety. Their road safety record
speaks for itself and over the years, these efforts have saved countless
lives. Today we are recognizing this outstanding achievement."
    - Brian Patterson, President, Ontario Safety League


    -  On May 1st, 2009, Ontario's drinking and driving laws are changing.
       Drivers with a blood alcohol concentration
(http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/impaired/fact-sheet.shtml#bac) that
       registers from 0.05 to 0.08 on a roadside breath test will face a
       driver's licence suspension of three to 30 days.

    -  To improve Ontario's road safety record, two pieces of new road safety
       legislation have recently passed Third Reading:

       -  The Road Safety Act, 2009
          contains new measures to protect young drivers and gives police
          better enforcement tools to get drunk, suspended and other
          dangerous drivers off our roads.

       -  The Countering Distracted Driving and Promoting Green
          Transportation Act, 2009
(<a href="http://news.ontario.ca/mto/en/2009/04/about-the-countering-distracted-driving-and-promoting-green-transportation-act-2009.html">http://news.ontario.ca/mto/en/2009/04/about-the-countering-distracted-driving</a>
<a href="http://news.ontario.ca/mto/en/2009/04/about-the-countering-distracted-driving-and-promoting-green-transportation-act-2009.html">-and-promoting-green-transportation-act-2009.html</a>) makes it
          illegal for motorists to use hand-held wireless communication
          devices or any hand-held electronic entertainment devices while

    -  To better prepare novice drivers for a lifetime of safe driving,
       Ontario is also proposing improvements to its Graduated Licensing
       System (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=67e059db7ed596d).


    Access information on a variety of road safety topics, from choosing the
correct booster seat for your child to tips on how to stay safe when on a
bicycle (http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/).

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For further information:

For further information: Nicole Lippa-Gasparro, Minister's Office, (416)
327-1815; Bob Nichols, Communications Branch, Ministry of Transportation,
(416) 327-1158; Brian Patterson, Ontario Safety League, (905) 625-0556, ext.

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