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Alcohol or drugs – impaired is impaired. If you know you’ll be drinking or using recreational cannabis, make sure to plan ahead for a safe ride home. Stay the night, call a cab, call a friend or loved one to pick you up, use public transit or have a designated driver. There is no excuse for driving under the influence.
If you suspect someone is driving impaired, keep a safe distance away from them. Pull over in a safe area, and call 911. Provide as much detail as possible, including:
Cannabis may now be legal in Canada, but like many other drugs, cannabis increases a driver’s chances of being in a collision by:
If a police officer finds that you are impaired by any drug, including cannabis, you will face serious penalties, including:
Tempted to look at your phone while driving? You might want to reconsider. As of January 1st, 2019, the existing fines and penalties for distracted driving have increased.
Put the phone down and keep your head up. Answering a text is not worth putting your life or someone else’s life at risk. Safe driving demands your full attention.
Drivers with an A, B, C, D, E, F and/or G licence will face (for a first conviction):
For a second conviction within 5 years:
For a third and all subsequent convictions within 5 years:
Drivers with a G1, G2, M1 or M2 licence convicted of distracted driving will face the same escalating fines as drivers with A to G licences but won’t receive any demerit points.
Instead of demerit points, they will face:
If the fines and penalties aren’t enough to deter you, please remember that when you drive distracted, you are putting your life and the lives of others in danger. Please give your full attention to the road.
Put the phone down. It’s not worth the risk.
Motor vehicle collisions do not JUST occur while a vehicle is in motion. Distracted drivers stopped at lights are often not paying attention to the light cycle and frequently miss advance turn signals or green lights. They are also not paying attention to the actions of other road users, including pedestrians and cyclists.
While you are driving, including when you are stopped in traffic or at a red light, it is illegal to:
Remember that distracted driving is just as bad as impaired driving. Several studies have shown that texting while driving impairs your driving ability in the same way that alcohol does.
Imagine the pedestrians and passengers in the other cars are people you know and love. Would you want a distracted driver on the road if your loved ones were there?
Please give your full attention to the road.
Everyone has somewhere to be. We all want to get to our destinations safely.
Slow down when driving through residential areas, school zones and construction zones. Always pay attention and watch for children, pedestrians, cyclists, seniors, people with disabilities and/or those who use mobility devices, and animals.
Driving at a rate of speed that could injure or kill yourself, your passengers or other road users and pedestrians shows a complete disregard for the value of human life.
If you drive 50 km/h over the limit, you could face a stunt driving charge. This holds some major consequences including a $2,000-$10,000 fine, six demerit points, a 2-year licence suspension and up to six months in jail.
Not to mention, a hefty increase to your insurance rates.
Stunt driving is not just speeding though.
Remember, life doesn’t have a reset button. Drive safe.
Do you speed? Follow too closely? Weave in and out of traffic? Block cars trying to merge? Get angry with or threaten other drivers or pedestrians?
Research indicates that 26% of drivers involved in fatal collisions have been driving aggressively.
Curb your aggression! Don’t drive when you’re angry, upset or overtired. Allow enough travel time and know alternative routes. A lot of times, road rage emerges from drivers being late for work or an appointment. Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.
People who experience road rage are more likely to drive aggressively, increasing the risk of an accident that could cause serious personal injuries or even death.
If you’re involved in a collision stemming from road rage and feel like you are in imminent danger, call 911.
If you are not injured and do not feel like you are in imminent danger, call our non-emergent line at 705-675-9171. Provide as much information as possible about the vehicle, including: make, model, colour, license plate, and direction of travel.
If you witness or have been affected by a road rage incident, please report via our online reporting system.
We often receive complaints of near misses of pedestrian by motorists.
It takes both pedestrians and motorists to cooperate and follow traffic laws to prevent serious injuries on our roads.
You can be charged fines up to $1,000 and receive up to 4 demerit points for failing to yield at a pedestrian crosswalk, school crossing, and/or crossover. Always come to a complete stop when lights are activated.
Thank you for considering the safety of others while using our municipal roads.
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