Who do you call after an auto collision?

    Consumer Protection Branch Offers Checklist Of Timely Tips

    QUEEN'S PARK, ON, Feb. 6 /CNW/ - Knowing what to do after a automobile
collision ahead of time can save you headaches later, Government and Consumer
Services Minister Ted McMeekin reminded Ontario motorists.
    "Collisions happen, especially in winter," McMeekin said, noting that
during last Friday's snow storm there were over 900 auto collisions across the
province. "The better prepared you are to handle the calls and paperwork, the
quicker you will be back on the road."
    McMeekin reminded Ontarians that they should keep a checklist in their
car covering what to do in the event of an accident:

    -  when to call 911
    -  where to report collisions
    -  what information is needed and
    -  how to report the accident to insurers.

    "Knowing these smart steps in advance can save consumers time and money,"
said Danielle Katic of the Financial Services Commission of Ontario
(www.fsco.gov.on.ca), which regulates the insurance industry across the
    Ontario's Consumer Protection Branch has tips on its website
(www.ontario.ca/consumerprotection) and advises motorists to print and keep
this checklist, along with a pen and their insurance information, in the glove
box of their vehicle.

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                         CONSUMER PROTECTION IN ONTARIO
                      AND THE 2008 SMART CONSUMER CALENDAR

    Calendar Theme - February 2008: What to do after an auto accident?

    1.  If it is safe to do so, move your vehicle to the side of the road and
        turn on its hazard lights.

    2.  Call 911 and follow the operator's instructions if:
        -  someone is injured;
        -  damage to property appears to be more than $1, 000; or
        -  there is damage to the roadway or other public property.
        -  If no one is injured and total property damages are less than
           $1,000, call your local police; they will decide whether to
           dispatch an officer.
        -  If police are not dispatched, report to a Collision Reporting
           Centre within 24 hours. To locate a Collision Reporting Centre
           visit www.accsupport.com or call (416) 745-3301.

    3.  Keep a pen and paper in your glove box and write down:
        -  Names, addresses, telephone and driver's license numbers for all
           drivers, passengers and witnesses;
        -  License plate numbers, insurance and registration information for
           all vehicles
        -  Specific details about the accident scene

    4.  Keep your automobile insurance card and phone numbers in your glove
        box, and report the accident to your insurance company

    2008 Smart Consumer Calendar

    The 2008 Smart Consumer Calendar provides consumers with helpful tips and
resources, while educating them about frauds and scams in the marketplace.

    -  The ministry is distributing 275,000 English and 30,000 French copies
       of the calendar to individuals and organizations across Ontario.
    -  The calendar is available at all MPP constituency offices, and at all
       Service Ontario / government information centres.
    -  The calendar can be ordered by individuals and groups, free of charge,
       by calling 1-800-668-9938, or by ordering online at
    -  The calendar can also be downloaded from the ministry's website at
    -  The 2008 Smart Consumer calendar is proudly sponsored by a number of
       private and public sector organizations, who work to protect both
       consumers and businesses across Ontario from frauds and scams,
         -  Board of Funeral Services
         -  Financial Services Commission of Ontario
         -  Ministry of Health Promotion
         -  Ontario Energy Board
         -  Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council
         -  Real Estate Council of Ontario
         -  Bank of Canada
         -  Investor Education Fund
         -  Canadian Motor Vehicle Arbitration Plan
         -  Canadian Health Care Anti-Fraud Association
         -  Interac Association
         -  Canada Revenue Agency - Charities Directorate

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For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Greg Dennis, Minister's Office,
Office: (416) 327-3072, Cell: (647) 281-4403; Ciaran Ganley, Communications
Branch, (416) 325-8659

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