Ontario Reminds Drivers to Stay Safe This Long Weekend
Province Encouraging Travellers to Plan Ahead and Stay Alert
For many Ontarians, long weekends in the summer mean roadtrips to visit family and friends, or recreational activities like cycling and boating.
Whether you're exploring the province or spending time with loved ones, Ontario is reminding travellers to stay safe this long weekend. Here are some tips:
- Plan your route - call 511, visit Ontario.ca/511 or check @511Ontario on Twitter for information on provincially maintained highways.
- Don't drive impaired--even in a boat! Ride with a designated driver, take public transit or call a cab.
- Be alert and focused. Don't text or use a hand-held device while driving.
- Wear your seat belt at all times. It's the law.
Earlier this spring, the provincial government passed the Making Ontario's Roads Safer Act to keep the province's roads among the safest in North America by introducing measures that include:
- Getting tougher with drivers who still use hand-held devices while driving
- Making it safer for pedestrians at crosswalks and cyclists on roadways
- Telling people to 'slow down and move over' for tow trucks
- Provincial highway reports are available online at Ontario.ca/511.
- Fines for speeding are doubled in designated construction zones when workers are present.
- Ontario’s impaired driving laws apply to motorized and non-motorized boats.
- Effective September 1, 2015, the penalty for distracted driving will be between $300 and $1000, as well as three demerit points upon conviction.
“Summer is a wonderful opportunity to get out and explore our beautiful province. We want Ontarians to have fun and be safe at the same time. The Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act includes tougher penalties for impaired and distracted driving to ensure that everyone using the roads will be safer.”
Steven Del Duca