Category: Pedestrians & Cyclists

There’s a new road safety tool on the streets of Ottawa and other communities throughout Ontario: photo radar. Also known as “automated speed enforcement” (ASE), these speed cameras are now in place in various school zones in Ottawa as part of a pilot project, which began July 13th after a four-month delay due to the […]

Highways are eerily empty, rush hour is anything but rushed, and many people’s vehicles have been more or less parked for weeks. Traffic volumes are so low that there’s been a significant drop in collisions; so much so that some are calling for insurers to give customers a break on their premiums. As all but […]

Most people are happy to set back their clocks annually as the extra hour of sleep is a most welcome bonus at a time of year that is beginning to get dark and dreary. Research indicates that there is a noticeable spike in motor vehicle collisions after we “spring forward” early in the year, a […]

Halloween is tomorrow, and popular advice tends to be focused on how children can keep themselves safe while trick-or-treating: being visible by using lots of reflective tape and flashlights, choosing face paint rather than masks or hoods, making sure costumes aren’t tripping hazards and being extra careful when crossing the street. This is all good […]

A recent study published in the journal Injury Prevention reveals some troubling data about Ontario children involved in pedestrian-motor vehicle collisions. Dr. Linda Rothman, a senior research associate at Sick Kids and the study’s lead author, puts it bluntly: “Simply put, poorer children are at an increased risk of getting hit by cars. Child pedestrian […]

Listeners of CBC’s Sunday Edition recently heard Michael Enright’s short but scathing essay on pedestrian deaths in Canada’s large cities such as Toronto. Driving the broadcast, Enright suggests that the problem with road deaths is that “nobody cares”. “The politicians who run the police department don’t care. If they did, they would put more cops […]

Last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) released its Global Status Report on Road Safety 2018, and the contents are grim: globally, 1.35 million people die every year in road traffic crashes. Warning that drastic action is needed, the report notes that “the price paid for mobility is too high, especially because proven measures exist.”  […]

Could Ontario finally be getting serious about real consequences for drivers who endanger pedestrians and cyclists? We’ve written before about penalties for drivers who hit pedestrians or other vulnerable road users and how the consequences are often grossly inadequate considering the injury or fatality they are responsible for. It’s been a while since Ontario last […]

In a recent WSIB case, an interesting issue arose as to whether a commissioned door-to-door salesperson, who was hit by a car while crossing the street on his lunch break, was acting “in the course of his employment” within the meaning of the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 (the WSIA). The car that […]

There’s no doubt: one of the most revolutionary innovations of the 21st century has got to be self-driving cars (also known as autonomous vehicles or AVs). Though the possibility of self-driving cars has been around for many years, it wasn’t until the Ontario government announced that an official pilot program for driverless vehicles would be […]