Ontario to toughen penalties for driving under the influence of marijuana

Ontario to toughen penalties for driving under the influence of marijuana Ontario will have a zero tolerance policy toward young drivers and truckers who use marijuana. Premier Kathleen Wynne has said that commercial truckers, drivers 21 and under, and novice motorists will face stiff penalties if caught behind the wheel after using cannabis. For a first occurrence young drivers and G1, G2, M1, and M2 licence holders will face a three-day suspension and a $250 fine. A second occurrence will result in a week-long suspension and a $350 fine with all subsequent offences penalized with a 30-day suspension and a $450 fine. Similarly, commercial drivers will face three-day suspensions any […]

DISTRACTED DRIVING

DISTRACTED DRIVING What counts as distracted driving When you aren’t focused on the road, things can happen fast. Using your phone to talk, text, check maps or choose a playlist while you’re behind the wheel all count as distracted driving – and they put you and others at risk. Other activities like eating, reading or typing a destination into a GPS are also dangerous when you’re behind the wheel. It doesn’t matter if you’re on a highway or stopped at a red light – distracted driving could cost you. Distracted driving statistics In Ontario, deaths from collisions caused by distracted driving have doubled since 2000. Ontario data on collisions from 2013 show: […]

Safe Pedestrians

Safe Pedestrians It is up to both drivers and pedestrians to keep everyone safe on Ontario roads. Learn more about how to stay safe as a pedestrian and as a driver. For pedestrians • Cross only at marked crosswalks or traffic lights. Don’t cross in the middle of the block or between parked cars. • Make sure drivers see you before you cross. If the driver is stopped, make eye contact before you step into the road. • Wear bright or light-coloured clothing or reflective strips, especially at dusk or when it’s dark. • At a traffic light: • Cross when traffic has come to a complete stop. • Begin […]

Impaired driving – It is a crime under the Criminal Code of Canada

Impaired driving – It is a crime under the Criminal Code of Canada Impaired driving means operating a vehicle (including cars, trucks, boats, snowmobiles and off-road vehicles) while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It is a crime under the Criminal Code of Canada and the consequences are serious. You may: lose your licence have your vehicle impounded need to pay an administrative monetary penalty need to attend an education or treatment program be fined upon conviction be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle spend time in jail end up with a criminal record Ontario is a leader in combating impaired driving through some of the toughest […]

Drive According To Road Conditions

Drive According To Road Conditions. . . Check your vehicle Get your vehicle winter-ready with a maintenance check-up. Carry an ice scraper and washer fluid effective to -40oC. Keep your fuel tank at least half full. Consider installing four winter tires. You’re eligible for an auto insurance discount if you use them! ________________________________________ Plan ahead, use your judgment Plan your trip, locate your stops and check the weather. Check road conditions and closures on our website, Twitter account or call 511 for hands- free voice-activated service. Use your judgment too – delaying your trip may be the best option. If you’re on the road when conditions worsen, find a safe […]

HOV lanes

Using HOV Lanes Correctly There are many people who use the HOV lanes incorrectly. Although they  know the requirement in order to use these lanes, they take the chance on using them and risk being caught and charged. There are some of those who are using them incorrectly who will weave in and out of these lanes whenever they think that they see a police car. This can be so dangerous as they suddenly will cut in front an unsuspecting  motorist without  any indication or warning , thereby risking a potential accident and injuries or death not only to themselves but to the other unsuspecting motorists and their passengers if […]

School bus safety for students and drivers

School bus safety for students and drivers School bus travel is very safe in Ontario. Injuries and fatalities, which are very rare, happen more often outside the school bus as students are boarding and leaving the bus or crossing the street. It’s important for motorists, parents, caregivers and students to know how to keep children safe when they are on and around school buses. Drivers: know the rules When driving on a road WITHOUT a median: •    drivers traveling in both directions must stop for a stopped school bus with its upper red lights flashing •    when you approach the bus from the front, stop at a safe distance to […]

DISTURBING TRENDS

DISTURBING TRENDS . . . People are still not obeying the new law which came into effect Jan. 1 /16 , which deals with pedestrians on crosswalks. They take chances on not being caught.  What is the hurry when you can endanger people’s lives ? If you need to get somewhere on time or in a hurry, then leave your home a little early as you never know what the traffic conditions are like and therefore you would not have to take foolish chances which you will later regret. The law clearly states that you have to wait until the crosswalks have been completely cleared on pedestrian controlled crosswalks . […]

TRAFFIC CONSUMER INFO . . .

TRAFFIC CONSUMER INFO . . . I believe that the following  information is important to consumers  so that they are aware of upcoming changes and are better able to protect themselves : The provincial government has announced changes for the towing industry  in two phases. The first phase will be effective July 1 , 2016. The second phase will occur in January 2017. Changes to the Repair and Storage Liens Act takes effect July 1. Storage facilities holding a towed vehicle will have to inform the owner of a lien within 15 days, instead of 60. The expectation is that this policy will improve storage practices. The bulk of the […]

Important Changes to Auto Insurance

Important Changes to Auto Insurance Important Changes to Auto Insurance  ( as detailed by Financial Services Commission of Ontario) are as follows: Auto Insurance is changing – what you need to do Standard Auto Insurance Policy Most Significant Changes Other Optional Benefits What Else is New? Auto insurance is changing – what you need to do All owners of vehicles in Ontario must purchase a standard auto insurance policy. Effective June 1, 2016, to help make insurance premiums more affordable, the benefits and coverages you receive in a standard auto insurance policy changed – some were reduced, and some options for increased coverage were eliminated or changed. When it’s time […]