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ROAD SAFETY MEASURES IN GREATER TORONTO AREA

Source:

Toronto City News

Road safety has emerged as a major issue in the Greater Toronto Area. This is one of the side-effects of the growth that this part of Canada has been experiencing in recent times and is likely to do so in the future as well.

The decline in road safety has been seen in both the growing number of pedestrian fatalities as well as collisions of vehicles. The local government has decided to act on this problem by launching a ‘Vision Zero’ road safety plan for 2017-2021 which aims to make the roads of this teeming metropolis safer.

Fatalities thanks to traffic accidents have gone up in recent years. In 2016, 77 people died due to road accidents. 43 of them were pedestrians, the largest segment. Not surprisingly then, the main focus of the authorities has been on making the roads safer for pedestrians. The overall strategy would involve using technology, educating people about road safety and stronger enforcement of laws.

When it comes to pedestrian safety, the authorities will identify those roads and zones which have been most accident-prone and take effective steps like reducing the crossing distance, enforcing speed regulations, protecting turning points etc. to bring down the casualty rate.

While this program was launched last year, this year too, the mayor and local administrators have taken strong steps to end the menace of road accidents. In March, the then Mayor John Tory unveiled some of the steps taken in this direction.

The same month also saw the councilors of Toronto vote in favor of similar measures to reduce the number of traffic accidents. One proposal though has generated diverse opinions. This is about creating lanes exclusively for bikes. The councilors want lanes for bikes while the mayor wants these lanes on a parallel street.

Whatever be the outcome of this debate, it is very reassuring that the local officials are tackling this problem head-on.

Crash outside St. Catharines Home leaves Driver in Critical Condition

Source:

CBC News

A car crashed outside a private home in St. Catharines, on Glenridge Road. The driver, a 26-year old man, is believed to have lost control of his Cadillac. And in turn, crashed into a tree in the front yard of the home.
The people within the vicinity rushed to help him after calling 911.

He was taken to a hospital for treatment out of the city and in life-threatening condition. The accident happened on Sunday afternoon.

One Dead and two in Critical Condition due to Accident near Orangeville

Source:

The Star

A head-on collision resulted in the death of one person and two in life-threatening condition. The three were airlifted to a hospital in Orangeville. Later, the two were airlifted to Toronto, while still in critical condition.

The police will examine the black boxes of the vehicles involved in the accident, to help determine the cause of the collision.

According to the Star’s phone conversation with the OPP (Ontario Provincial Police) Const. Paul Nancekivell. It can be that the conditions of the road, could have led to the accident.

Snowmobile Accident on Sturgeon Lake; One Dead, another in hospital

Source:

The Star

Just on the first day of Snowmobile Safety Week, two snowmobilers went through the ice, on the lake. According to the Kawartha Now, the Police, Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue, Paramedics were called to the site.

They were joined by part of the Canada Armed Forces. One of the riders was found and taken to the hospital. The health condition unknown.

The search for the other snowmobile rider resumed on Sunday. He was then found dead, at around 4:30 pm.
The Snowmobile Safety Week is a move by the OPP and Snowmobiles Club, to promote safety by snowmobilers. It will end on the 29th of this Month.