NEW LEGISLATION AIMS TO COMBAT HIGH-RISK DRIVING, IMPROVE ROAD SAFETY
It was time to take action.
Roadside driver’s licence suspensions for street racing/stunt driving in Ontario increased 52% between March and August 2020, compared to the same period in 2019. The alarming trend of stunt driving while roads were less travelled during the first wave of the pandemic was seen across the country.
According to Ontario government data, young drivers aged 16-25 represented only 19% of drivers involved in collisions between March and June 2020 but 42% of the drivers involved in collisions had a police-recorded speed of 50 kilometres per hour or more above the posted limit.
Determined to fight back against this form of high-risk driving and improve road safety for everyone, the province introduced the Moving Ontarians More Safely Act, 2021 (MOMS Act) which came into effect on June 3, 2021.
This legislation brings in new measures including longer driver’s licence suspensions and longer vehicle impoundment periods for drivers who engage in stunt driving, street racing and aggressive driving.
“Both as Minister of Transportation and a parent to driving-aged teens, I am extremely concerned by the rising numbers of young drivers in Ontario caught stunt driving, street racing and driving aggressively,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation.
"By increasing driver’s licence suspensions and vehicle impoundment periods, the MOMS Act sends a clear message to drivers – driving is a privilege and those who threaten the safety of others have no place on our roads.”
Now that the MOMS Act has been passed by the legislature, it will also introduce processes to protect vulnerable road users, including pedestrians and highway workers, improve truck safety and strengthen the province’s oversight of the towing sector.
“The MOMS Act is an important measure to help make roads safer for all Ontarians. Through Aviva Canada’s social impact platform, Take Back Our Roads, we work to create and support innovative solutions to achieve the same goal of making Canadian roads safer. It’s encouraging to see legislation that will help reduce serious injuries and fatalities on our roadways,” said Hazel Tan, Head of External Communications and Corporate Responsibility at Aviva Canada.
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