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Ontario's Roads Safest In North America

Ontario Receives Award For Road Safety Achievement

Ministry of Transportation

Ontario's roads are the safest in North America and today the Ontario Safety League presented an award to the Ministry of Transportation in recognition of having the lowest fatality rate since 1931.  

Latest statistics show that Ontario's fatality rate has dropped to its lowest levels of -- 0.87 per 10,000 licensed drivers.

Ontario's road safety ranking (1st) is tops on the continent, according to the latest (2006) statistics, well ahead of other comparable North American jurisdictions such as New York (10th), Quebec (14th), Michigan (16th) and Ohio (19th).

Quick Facts

  • On May 1st, 2009, Ontario’s drinking and driving laws are changing. Drivers with a blood alcohol concentration that registers from 0.05 to 0.08 on a roadside breath test will face a driver’s licence suspension of three to 30 days.
  • To improve Ontario’s road safety record, two pieces of new road safety legislation have recently passed Third Reading:

    The Road Safety Act, 2009 contains new measures to protect young drivers and gives police better enforcement tools to get drunk, suspended and other dangerous drivers off our roads.

    The Countering Distracted Driving and Promoting Green Transportation Act, 2009 makes it illegal for motorists to use hand-held wireless communication devices or any hand-held electronic entertainment devices while driving.

  • To better prepare novice drivers for a lifetime of safe driving, Ontario is also proposing improvements to its Graduated Licensing System.

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“Even with more people and vehicles on our roads than ever before, our roads are the safest they have ever been, thanks in part to our dedicated road safety partners, police, and the many Ontario drivers who are out there every day, leading by example.”

Jim Bradley

Minister of Transportation

“Through a combination of public education and leading edge legislation and enforcement initiatives, Ontario has earned a reputation among road safety practitioners as a global leader in road safety. Their road safety record speaks for itself and over the years, these efforts have saved countless lives. Today we are recognizing this outstanding achievement.”

Brian Patterson

President, Ontario Safety League

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