SGC Admin: From our inbox to you, From CAA re: changes to Ontario Road Rules … begins September 1 2015

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Prepare for Changes to Ontario’s Road Rules With CAA’s Heads Up!

Over the past year we’ve shared a number of updates regarding upcoming changes to Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act, namely around expanded penalties for distracted driving, adding tow trucks to the existing Slow Down Move Over legislation, and new safety measures for cycling.

All three of these issues were key subjects in Bill 31, also known as the Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act which passed in June 2015. CAA has long advocated for many items within the bill, namely stronger penalties for distracted driving and for the added protection of tow trucks drivers while working on Ontario’s roads. We are pleased that these changes are slated to come into effect on Tuesday, September 1, 2015.

Earlier this summer, CAA launched a campaign to help educate its members, and all road users, entitled Heads Up! The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness and educate drivers about new laws and regulations following the passing of the Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act. The website provides safety tips and details about the changes in legislation. A series of radio and transit advertisements also highlight the new rules.

CAA officially launched Heads Up! at an event on July 27, where we were joined by representatives from the Ontario Provincial Police, Toronto Police Service, and York Regional Police, along with Ontario’s Minister of Transportation, the Hon. Steven Del Duca.

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