Ontario plans to crack down on careless and distracted driving with tough new rules and penalties that would help improve road safety and keep the most vulnerable road users – including pedestrians and cyclists – safe.
Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Eleanor McMahon, were in Toronto today to announce the tough new road-safety measures. They were joined by Han Dong, MPP for Trinity-Spadina.
The province plans to introduce new legislation this fall that, if passed, would help protect pedestrians and cyclists and reduce the number of people killed or injured by impaired, distracted and dangerous drivers. The proposed measures include:
In addition, the province is consulting on the use of cameras on school buses that capture the offence of illegally passing a school bus, so that this evidence can be admitted into court without a witness.
For 16 years in a row, Ontario’s roads have been ranked either first or second safest in North America, but more can still be done. These strong measures add to recently-announced tough new penalties for those who drive under the influence of drugs, including cannabis.
Keeping Ontario’s roads safe is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
“I’m pleased that the work started through my Private Member’s Bill on Careless Driving Causing Death has led the way for today’s announcement. Driving is not a right, it is a privilege that comes with tremendous responsibility. I’m proud to be part of a government that is taking an important step forward to give front line law enforcement the tools they need to improve road safety—keeping pedestrians and cyclists and drivers safe.”
— Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, MPP Burlington
“Ontario is taking action to reduce the number of people killed by impaired, distracted and dangerous drivers. These measures will help keep some of our most vulnerable road users safe and help us drive home the message that dangerous, impaired and distracted driving is unacceptable, and will not be tolerated.”
— Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation
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