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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)

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Distracted driving results in more deaths in B.C. than impaired driving: ICBC

September 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Distracted driving continues to claim more lives on roads in British Columbia than impaired driving, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) said in a press release on Wednesday. Despite tougher penalties, more police enforcement and continued public education, on

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“Drastic action” needed to address ICBC ails, remedy hefty rate hikes

September 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The British Columbia government has taken the reins to protect drivers and address mounting financial concerns at the Insurance Corporation of B.C. (ICBC), including by limiting rate increases that threatened to reach double-digits. “Drastic action is needed to fix ICBC’s

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Auto personal accident loss ratio up for fourth year in a row in Canada: A.M. Best

September 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The auto personal accident loss ratio in Canada “remains a concern,” with Canadian auto insurers being affected by distracted driving and rising repair costs, A.M. Best Company Inc. suggested in a recent report. In 2016, ratings firm A.M. Best said

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182 motorists caught speeding in work zones during SGI’s recent traffic safety spotlight

August 28, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) has reported that 182 tickets were issued to drivers for speeding in construction work zones during last month’s traffic safety spotlight. In total, 177 tickets were issued to drivers exceeding 60 kilometres an hour while passing highway workers or occupied highway equipment within a municipal or highway work zone, SGI said in a press release issued on Monday. Five tickets were also issued for speeding in construction zones where a flag person is present. The results include all traffic safety focus…

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More vehicle crashes, increased injury payouts and higher vehicle repair costs contributing to proposed rate hike: ICBC

August 15, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

A greater number of vehicle crashes, increased injury costs and higher vehicle repair costs are all contributing to the increase in proposed insurance rates for drivers in British Columbia, the province’s Crown corporation responsible for auto insurance said on Monday.

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Most Canadians believe they are good drivers, but admit to at least one bad driving habit: belairdirect survey

August 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A majority of Canadians (95%) believe they are good drivers, but almost the same amount (93%) have admitted to engaging in at least one bad habit behind the wheel, according to a new belairdirect survey by Leger Research. The online

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88 tickets issued to new Saskatchewan drivers, motorcyclists in June: SGI

July 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Law enforcement officers across Saskatchewan issued 88 tickets to new drivers and motorcyclists who weren’t following the requirements outlined on their licences, Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) reported on Monday. The results from last month’s traffic safety spotlight on new drivers