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December 2008
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Are Changes Coming to the Rules of the Road in Ontario?

Over the last 24 hours there has been some exciting announcements on 680 news with respect to accidents and trucks.

Drivers Should be Held Accountable in Bad Weather

This was the statement from Police Chief Julian Fantino (here). He stated that he believes and the statistics support that 40% of accidents in poor weather conditions are due to irresponsible and reckless driving. With the latest snowfall in Ontario over the weekend there were more than 3000 crashes between Friday and Monday morning; Fantino claimed that 99.9% of them were avoidable.

Fantino’s plan make these irresponsible drivers responsible for the damages. Fantino has put forward to legislation a bill that would make the reckless driver responsible for paying the bill for the accident not the insurance company. This is no radical idea, several US jurisdictions have a similar policy, including Wisconsin.

Speed Limiters for Trucks Hit Ontario January 1, 2009

Do you sometimes feel like the truck beside you is trying to race you as you try to pass it? Well those days are hopefully over. Come January 1st, trucks will be required to have governors installed limiting their maximum speed to 105 kilometers per hour.

But some are opposed to this. As reported by Today’s Truckingthe Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) thinks this law violates the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The OOIDA vows to fight the rule  in an effort to have it revoked.

I guess the OOIDA doesn’t understand that safety is paramount. I reported back in October when my friend passed away in that horrible accident on the 427 that I believe that change had to come from the top. The OOIDA is part of the top and their attitude needs to change.   Speed limits are enforced for a reason and truckers, just like motorists, need to respect the speed limit.

Will the roads in Ontario be safer? It is too early to tell. It will be a matter of enforcement. Having laws and regulations in place is not enough, people must be held accountable for their actions for there to be any real difference.


Comment from AMH
Time April 18, 2009 at 12:56 pm

The province is doing _some_ good things, and has committed to do more of them. But’s it’s also classifying electric scooters as bicycles which is not a good thing, and it’s now introducing “trains”” on our roads. Trains belong on rails, not roads. It’s enough to scare a cyclist on to the sidewalk.

Comment from Carz
Time July 30, 2009 at 9:32 pm

Yes, the truck drivers are almost always trying to kill you by threatening you with a car crash. I don’t think there is a great understanding about this shown by the government. They should be vigilant about it more.