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January 2020
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INDUSTRY NEWS
Driving Safer Communities: Ontario Traffic Council launches campaign in support of Ontario's new Automated Speed Enforcement program
BUSINESS INSIDER
 

New road safety measure to help reduce speeding expected to be live as early as spring 2020

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VW thinks autonomous charging robots will solve our EV infrastructure problems
YAHOO SPORTS
 

Volkswagen thinks it has a solution for parking structures and parking lots without electric vehicle chargers built-in.

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An increasing number of Canadians admit to drinking and driving, survey
CTV NEWS
 

An increasing number of Canadians have admitted to drinking and driving when they thought they were over the legal limit, according to a recent road safety survey.

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Ontario police release creative anti-impaired driving video
CITY NEWS 1130
 

York Regional Police have re-released a creative internet video to talk about the dangers of impaired driving.

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A Very Merry App for Package Delivery at the Final 50 Feet
LAB MANAGER 
 

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are contributing their expertise in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and app development to a project that will ease challenges with urban freight delivery, and experience especially difficult during the holidays.

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A quarter of young Canadians have driven under the influence of cannabis: poll
MONTREAL CTV NEWS
 

A quarter of Canadians aged 18 to 34 have driven after consuming cannabis or been a passenger in a vehicle driven by someone under the influence of cannabis, according to a new poll.

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Driver-assist technologies may encourage distracted driving: Study
YAHOO NEWS
 

Common driver-assist technologies like adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist are meant to keep vehicle occupants safe, but a new study finds that they also make distracted driving more likely — especially with drivers who are more familiar with the technology.

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Five-year electric scooter pilot begins New Year's Day in Ontario
TORONTO CTV NEWS
 

A five-year pilot project allowing the use of electric scooters on provincial roads launches in Ontario on Wednesday, despite safety concerns raised by some advocates for the disabled.

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How road tolls could help ease Canada’s big-city housing crunch
NEWSBREAK
 

Builders follow roads and pipes, says the adage. Once roads, water mains, and sewer pipes are extended to hitherto undeveloped land, developers and builders follow. 

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Commuters may get less sleep and exercise
NATIONAL POST
 

People with full-time jobs who endure long commutes may be more likely to have sleep problems and sedentary lifestyles than counterparts who work closer to home, a Swedish study suggests.

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OPP say the increase in distracted driving fines has had a positive effect on the number of infractions
CHCH TV
 

The final 2019 statistics will come out in the new year, but the OPP says that distracted driving is as much of a problem as impaired driving.

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Ontario Invests in Police Services to Keep Impaired Drivers Off the Road
NEWS ONTARIO
 

Ontario is investing approximately $2.4 million in funding through its Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) Grant to help police services across the province detect impaired drivers and keep our streets and highways safe.

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Regulators, researchers focus on the distracted driving fight
TRUCK NEWS.COM
 

From texting and talking to eating and daydreaming, many motorists are still not paying enough attention while driving, putting their safety and the safety of others at risk.

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OTC EVENTS
OTC Calendar of Events
 

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  • Book 7 Training (Non-Freeway) –  8:00 am to 4:00 pm; Centre for Health & Safety (CHSI), Mississauga, ON

    • February 7, 2020
    • March 11, 2020
    • April 16, 2020
    • April 30, 2020
    • June 5, 2020
    • September 11, 2020
    • October 16, 2020
    • November 13, 2020
    • December 3, 2020
 
MUNICIPAL NEWS
Motorists driving through bike lanes after flex posts removed for winter
CBC NEWS
 

Drivers are once again misuing a segregated bike lane to turn at the intersection of St. Laurent Boulevard and Donald Street, less than six months after flexible posts were installed to halt the same problems.

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Mississauga School Buses Are Getting New Stop Arm Cameras To Catch Reckless Drivers
NARCITY NEWS
 

Riding the school bus is an essential part of most kids' daily lives, and new strides are being made to improve its overall safety.

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407 ETR introducing seasonal toll rates to keep traffic moving
NEWSWIRE
 

Effective February 1, 2020, 407 ETR is aligning its pricing structure with seasonal traffic patterns. 

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North Bay OPP seeing an increase in impaired driving charges laid
NORTHBAYNIPISSING
 

The North Bay OPP detachment has released it's impaired driving statistics for 2019 and the results are not encouraging.

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Tories' Hamilton transportation task force will still 'consider' LRT
CBC NEWS
 

The Ford government says its task force on how to best spend $1 billion on Hamilton transportation projects will still consider light rail transit (LRT). 

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Region looks at photo radar
OBSERVER
 

Easing up on the gas pedal might be a good New year's resolution for 2020, as the region contemplates bringing back photo radar.

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Hamilton Road businesses seek parking, land-use changes from city hall
THE LONDON FREE PRESS 
 

Hamilton Road merchants want city hall’s help in growing their business. Property owners along the east London route are asking politicians to waive restrictions on parking and how they add to their buildings and property, as part of a push to reinvigorate the area.

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Bike Windsor-Essex looking forward to 2020
IHEARTRADIO 
 

The Executive Director of Bike Windsor-Essex wants to keep the momentum going and pedalling forward in 2020. Lori Newton says 2019 was a busy year for the organization as it started off with moving into the group's new home on Monmouth Street near Wyandotte Street East.

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Parry Sound considers alternative to lowering speed limits
PARRY SOUND
 

Instead of installing speed limit signs in some residential areas, Parry Sound is considering purchasing a flashing sign to alert drivers of their speed.

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Scugog staff tap brakes on stop sign requests
DURHAM REGION
 

Scugog councillors have voted to add another all-way stop to downtown Port Perry, despite the objections of staff, and have signalled they may seek a review in 2020 of the criteria used to determine the placement of stop signs.

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Ottawa malls say LRT changing how shoppers arrive
CBC NEWS
 

Two Ottawa shopping malls have been hoping to capitalize on the new LRT, but the only one says it's seen a shift in how shoppers arrive. The Rideau Centre and the St. Laurent Shopping Centre both have stops along the Confederation Line. The train began rolling for commuters on Sept. 14.

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