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Drive Safely This Family Day Weekend

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Drive Safely This Family Day Weekend

Driving Tips To Keep Ontario Roads and Your Loved Ones Safe

Ministry of Transportation

As drivers head out to spend time with family and friends this Family Day weekend, Ontario is reminding everyone to stay safe. Here are some safety tips to help.

  • One person, one seat belt: Make sure that each passenger has their own seat belt and that everyone is wearing a working seat belt.
  • Hands on the wheel, eyes on the road: Focus on the road and avoid distractions. Don't text and drive.
  • Keep children safe and secure: Always ensure child car seats are installed correctly before strapping your child in.
  • Remember it's still winter: Give yourself extra time and adjust your driving to road and weather conditions. Call 511 or visit ontario.ca/511 for current highway conditions.
  • Be Preparedget your vehicle ready with a maintenance check-up. Have a winter driving survival kit in your vehicle and always be sure to clear all snow and ice from your windshield, headlights and rear and signal lights.

Improving road safety is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario has introduced legislation, Bill 31, Transportation Statute Law Amendment Act, (Making Ontario's Roads Safer), 2014, which, if passed, will make Ontario’s roads safer.
  • For every one per cent increase in seat belt usage, five lives in Canada are saved.
  • If current collision trends continue, fatalities from distracted driving may exceed those from drinking and driving by 2016.
  • Collisions are the main cause of death for Canadian children.

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“Ontario is always striving to reduce the number of families affected by road collisions. Everyone has a role to play in keeping our roads safe. You can do your part by wearing your seat belt, avoiding distractions, installing and using child car seats correctly, and adjusting your speed and driving to road and weather conditions.”

Steven Del Duca

Minister of Transportation

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