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Making Ontario's Roads Safer - Measures Already In Place

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Making Ontario's Roads Safer - Measures Already In Place

Ministry of Transportation

Measures Already In Place

A Legacy of Safety

Ontario has passed progressive driver safety-focused legislation and introduced new programs designed to provide young drivers with the right skills for a life-time of safe driving.

Ontario's Improved Beginner Driver Education program

In September 2007, Ontario introduced a new Beginner Driver Education curriculum to ensure that driver training schools comply with provincial standards and driving instructors fully adhere to the licensing standards.

The new curriculum focuses on today's driving environment, emphasizing skills to deal with speeding and distracted and aggressive driving, emphasizing the sound driving skills that new drivers need to stay safe. Each year in Ontario, more than 100,000 students graduate from a ministry-approved course. More than 700,000 students have graduated from ministry-approved courses since June 2000.

Road Safety for All

The Safer Roads for a Safer Ontario Act (Bill 203), introduced in April 2007, keeps street racers and drinking drivers off our roads. Today, drivers caught racing or stunt driving face an immediate, seven-day driver's licence suspension and vehicle impoundment at the roadside.

In addition, Ontario has introduced longer licence suspensions for drivers who blow in the "warn range" - having a blood alcohol content of 0.05 to 0.08.

Eyes on the Road, Hands on the Wheel

Ontario introduced legislation on October 28, 2008, that will, if passed, make it illegal to use a hand-held cell phone, send e-mail or text messages, or use other hand-held electronic devices while driving.

Transport Canada estimates that driver distraction is a contributing factor in about 20 per cent of all collisions. A driver who uses a cell phone when behind the wheel is about four times more likely to be in a crash than a driver who is focused on the road.



Driving and Roads