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Insurers applaud Quebec’s tougher stance on distracted driving

February 21, 2018 by David Gambrill

Canadian property and casualty insurers are pleased that Quebec is proposing new distracted driving rules, including stronger penalties as a deterrent, as part of a larger package of proposals to beef up the province’s Highway Safety Act. Insurance Bureau of

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“No question” that Aviva Canada plans to hike auto rates: CEO

February 20, 2018 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

There is “no question” that Canada’s second-largest insurer, Aviva Canada, is contemplating country-wide rate increases in personal auto, Greg Somerville, the company’s president and CEO, told Canadian Underwriter Thursday. The cost of repairing vehicles with advanced technologies is one factor

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Educating the Public About Distracted Driving: Dos and Don’ts

January 23, 2018 by David Gambrill

Public education strategies must supplement tougher laws if insurers wish to curb the number of claims arising from distracted driving, says the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF). Despite increasing fines and penalties for distracted driving, nearly one in four fatal

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Tougher laws a mere distraction for cell-using drivers

December 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Distracted driving offences in Saskatchewan were at an all-time high in November 2017, despite the government’s attempts to toughen the laws around driving with a cellphone. “Police reported a whopping 636 distracted driving offences during the November [Traffic Safety Spotlight],

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Industry encouraged to offer discount for using cellphone blockers

December 11, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Vehicle owners who install smart phone-blocking apps should get a break on insurance rates, some industry groups contend. British Columbia’s government-owned auto insurer says it will roll out telematics devices designed to block drivers from using their wireless phones on

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Province’s distracted drivers are on the rise

November 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Despite the consequences of distracted driving – a $280 fine and four demerit points under Saskatchewan Government Insurance’s (SGI) Safe Driver Recognition program – it continues to be the leading cause of all traffic collisions. Police in Saskatchewan issued a

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B.C. to designate distracted driving as high-risk behavior under ICBC’s Driver Risk Premium program

November 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Government of British Columbia’s Ministry of Attorney General announced on Monday that it will work to designate distracted driving as a high-risk driving behaviour under the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia’s (ICBC) Driver Risk Premium program. This means a

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Saskatchewan police focusing on distracted drivers in October

October 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Police in Saskatchewan will focus on distracted driving as their traffic safety spotlight for the month of October. Throughout the month, police across the province will be using a variety of tactics to catch distracted drivers in the act, including

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New cars increasingly crammed with distracting infotainment technology: AAA study

October 5, 2017 Joan Lowy - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON – The infotainment technology that automakers are cramming into the dashboard of new vehicles is making drivers take their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel for dangerously long periods of time, an AAA study says. The

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78% of polled Canadians want to see distracted driving tech solution: Aviva Canada

September 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Nearly four in five polled Canadians (78%) in Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario and Alberta said they want to see a technology solution that would stop distracted driving by disabling texting and other functions while the driver is behind the wheel,

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Ontario to introduce new offence for careless driving causing death or bodily harm

September 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has released further details on its planned road safety legislation this fall, including the creation of a new offence for careless driving causing death or bodily harm. The province’s Minister of Transportation, Steven Del Duca,

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New software can detect when people text and drive: University of Waterloo

September 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Computer algorithms developed by engineering researchers at the University of Waterloo (UoW) in Ontario can accurately determine when drivers are texting or engaged in other distracting activities, the university reported on Friday. The system uses cameras and artificial intelligence (AI)