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It’s a move that’s being billed by the government as putting the needs of drivers first, but some experts are urging caution. They say it brings up issues of privacy and potential discrimination.
“City staff and police are teaming up next week to keep downtown traffic “moving for all users” as people head back to work and school.
Parking control officers will ticket illegally parked vehicles. Traffic officers will have tow trucks on standby to remove vehicles from tow-away zones. Police will enforce turning restrictions at key intersections and keep bus lanes clear on Albert and Slater streets.
“Behind the scenes, the city will monitor traffic flow, manage OC Transpo resources and inspect and oversee construction projects to minimize impacts to traffic during peak periods,” according to city hall.
A two-week “downtown that moves” initiative in June yielded a whopping 800 no-stopping infractions and 35 vehicles were towed. City police issued more than 120 charges to 119 drivers.
September always brings more traffic but this fall has two added challenges: The launch of the O-Train Confederation Line and three weeks of parallel bus service as people learn how to use it, combined with ongoing construction on Bronson Avenue and Elgin and Metcalfe streets.”.
“A teenager had her licence suspended after police caught her going 102 km/h in a residential area.
The posted speed limit on West Valley Road, where the girl was pulled over, is 50 km/h.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said the vehicle was stopped without incident.
The 17-year-old driver was ticketed for speeding in excess of 51 km/h over the posted limit.
She had her driver’s licence suspended for a week as as result.
Last year, the Newfoundland and Labrador government amended its Highway Traffic Act to bring in harsher penalties for people going more than 50 km/h over the speed limit.“
“On May 9, 2019 West Parry Sound OPP was on patrol on Highway 400 in McDougall Township, Ontario. Shortly after 3:30 a.m. the officer conducted a traffic stop on a northbound vehicle going 170 kilometers per hour in a posted 100 km/h zone. As a result, the West Parry Sound Detachment stopped its twentieth vehicle in 2019 for “Stunt driving”.
A Milton woman has been charged with distracted driving, again, after Halton police snapped photo evidence of her on her phone while behind the wheel.
The incident occurred outside the Milton courthouse at Ontario Street North and Steeles Avenue East Sunday afternoon, June 23.
Two Halton officers were in a cruiser and the passenger cop actually snapped a photo of the driver.
Officers later learned the woman had already been convicted once of distracted driving, meaning a second conviction will result in six demerit points, a seven-day driver’s licence suspension and a $2000 fine.
She faces six demerit points and a seven-day licence suspension as well
Provincial Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek acknowledged last week that the 400-series highways are designed to handle traffic at 120 km/h, while signalling the province would announce details this week of “a couple of pilot projects at different speed limits.”
120 km/h speed limits may be the future of Ontario highways
While it might be obvious, it’s not usually practiced – but the easiest and safest thing to do while driving in rain is slow down. Not just because visibility is reduced, therefore making it harder to detect hazards, but because stopping, braking and turning in the wet requires more distance due to reduced friction between your tires and the road.
“Today’s cars come with more driver assist functions than ever before, but many can’t adapt to rainy weather. Cruise control, adaptive cruise, lane keep assist and forward collision warning systems can create a false sense of control. If cruise control is engaged and your car starts to hydroplane, there will be no weight transfer to the front wheels as there would be if you lifted off the gas – and adaptive cruise control might not keep the correct distance needed in the rain. ABS systems, however, are excellent in the rain, as are traction control and stability control. Use your car’s technology when it makes sense to do so.”
Manitoba Public Insurance is a Crown corporation that has provided basic, compulsory automobile insurance coverage (called Autopac) to Manitoba motorists since 1971.
The DI&C program defines two categories of drivers: novice and experienced.
A novice driver is a driver who has not held a Full Stage driver’s licence for more than one year. This includes drivers who hold Learner or Intermediate Stage licences or are in the first year of a Full Stage licence under the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Program. It also includes learner drivers not under GDL who have never held a Full Stage licence.
An experienced driver is a driver who has held a Full Stage driver’s licence for at least one year.
Different interventions may apply for novice or experienced drivers, depending on how serious the unsafe driving was and how often it occurred. For novice drivers, the interventions begin earlier than for experienced drivers.
The Ontario Provincial Police are tackling the growing distracted driving problem with harsher measures that involve no warnings for guilty offenders, just straight fines.
Though the campaign is now over, the OPP still remind drivers that they will still be monitoring the roads closely and enforcing harsher penalties where applicable.
“The Ontario Provincial Police are tackling the growing distracted driving problem with harsher measures that involve no warnings for guilty offenders, just straight fines.”
“If you drive in this province, there’s a good chance your road habits have been influenced by the strict legislation surrounding distracted driving, and the costly penalties that can come from it.”
“Every day, 11 teenagers die because they were texting while driving.
94% of teenagers understand the consequences of texting and driving”
“To limit the risk, when driving put your smartphone out of sight and set the sound as silent or on a very low volume. Check any voicemails or text messages before or after the drive.”
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