Monday, 25 December 2017
If the mention of distracted driving brings to mind someone talking on a cellphone or texting, you would be only partially correct. Distractions include drinking a cup of coffee on your way to work, changing the address on your GPS or any activity that takes your eyes or mental focus away from the road and the task of driving. Distracted driving was the cause of more deaths in vehicle collisions on Ontario roads last year than any other activity, so learning how to avoid driver inattention can go a long way toward keeping you and the passengers in your car safe.
Friday, 22 December 2017
The government’s plans to decriminalize the use of marijuana has yet to become law in Canada, but it has already caused people to ask questions about the effect the legislation will have upon safety on the nation’s highways. Drug impaired drivers are already a major cause of fatal accidents. In a survey of young people who admitted to using marijuana, 22 percent of them acknowledged driving while impaired at least once.Driving while impaired by drugs has caused almost twice as many fatalities in road crashes as have alcohol-related collisions.
Wednesday, 20 December 2017
If you asked Ontario drivers to list the safety features built into their vehicles, most of them would probably mention air bags, seat belts and anti-lock brakes. It is doubtful if any of them would mention their vehicle’s headrests, yet they are a proven method of reducing serious injuries in a collision. Research shows headrests can reduce whiplash injuries, particularly those caused by rear-end collisions, by 40 percent, but they must be properly adjusted to provide maximum protection in a crash.
Friday, 15 December 2017
When a friend or relative asks to borrow your car, the simple act of handing over the keys could unleash a Pandora’s Box of legal issues in the event of an accident. It’s difficult to say “no,” but before handing over the keys, you should consider what your act of kindness might cost you and what questions you should ask the other person to protect yourself.
Wednesday, 13 December 2017
There were almost 36,000 injury-causing collisions on Ontario roads last year resulting in 49,601 people injured and another 483 killed. Officials of the provincial police identified speeding as a leading cause of fatal crashes on the roads patrolled by them. Drivers can help to ensure the safety of the occupants of their vehicles, drivers and passengers of other vehicles, and pedestrians by taking the time to review and implement a few safe driving practices.
Monday, 11 December 2017
An average of four people die each day on Canadian roads in crashes in which alcohol or drugs play a role according to MADD Canada. Although there are severe penalties for drivers arrested and convicted of driving while impaired, Statistics Canada reports that a disturbingly large number of drivers responding to a survey admitted to driving while impaired an average of six times in a one-year period. Obviously, there is much for people to learn about the effects of alcohol and drugs on their driving abilities and the risk of injury and death posed by impaired drivers.
Friday, 08 December 2017
The season of twinkling lights, holiday decorations and, inevitably, office holiday parties has arrived. The office party is a time-honored holiday tradition bringing together co-workers to join in celebration. These gatherings, particularly when alcohol is served, can lead to legal entanglements and liability issues. Here are a few tips to help make your holiday office party a safe and liability-free celebration for all to enjoy.
Wednesday, 06 December 2017
Most people hosting a party or gathering at their home are more concerned about having enough food and beverages for their guests than they are about being held responsible if someone has too much to drink and is involved in an accident. Canadian courts have made it clear that a bar or restaurant serving alcohol to a customer could be held liable if an intoxicated patron is injured in an accident. The law is not as clear as far as the responsibility of a social host for injuries suffered by an intoxicated guest.
Monday, 04 December 2017
Extremely cold temperatures, ice and snow are facts of life drivers must learn to deal with in Ontario. Winter temperatures in Toronto are usually around 0 degrees Celsius, but they can drop to as low as minus 25 degrees C. You might head to work in the morning under clear, sunny skies and be confronted by a blizzard for your evening ride home. Being prepared for winter driving is important to keep you safe and prevent accidents, so here are a few tips to get you ready for whatever winter might have in store.
Friday, 01 December 2017
The holidays offer an opportunity to spend time with friends and family. As people take to the roads to do their last-minute shopping or to attend holiday gatherings, staying safe and not putting other people at risk should be at the top of your holiday list of things to do. According to data released by Ontario officials, distracted and impaired driving are the primary causes of collisions and fatalities on roads throughout the province. Exercising caution, good judgment and following a few basic tips for safe holiday driving can keep you and your loved ways safe.