“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”.
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.”