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Police in Saskatchewan catch 359 impaired drivers in May: SGI

June 22, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Police in Saskatchewan stopped more than 350 impaired drivers during May’s province-wide traffic safety spotlight on impaired driving, Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) said on Wednesday. SGI said in a press release that there were 359 impaired driving-related offences, the majority

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Canadian Coalition on Distracted Driving begins development of National Action Plan

June 20, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The newly-created Canadian Coalition on Distracted Driving (CCDD) has wrapped up its first meeting, a two-day working session in Ottawa, where it began work on creating a National Action Plan to combat distracted driving. An initiative of the Traffic Injury

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Driving while talking on a hands-free phone can be as distracting as talking on hand-held mobile: study

June 8, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Driving while talking on a hands-free phone can be as distracting as talking on a hand-held mobile, according to a study from researchers at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. The study, titled Imagery-inducing distraction leads to cognitive

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The Digital Edition of Canadian Underwriter magazine’s May 2016 issue

May 26, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Digital Edition below ↓ Cover Story – ‘Tired of Losses’  Distraction and driver fatigue are high on the radar screen for commercial auto insurers, and while drunkeness may not account for a significant percentage of losses, one insurance expert contends guidance

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Designated highway texting zones bill passes second reading in Ontario legislature

May 20, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Ontario politicians from all three parties spoke Thursday in favour of an opposition private member’s bill that proposes to allow the transportation minister to “create designated highway texting zones.” Bill 190, the Safe Texting Zones Act, was referred Thursday to

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‘Text and drive’ billboards on Toronto highway deliver grim message

May 12, 2016 By Aleksandra Sagan - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Drivers on one Toronto highway are seeing a counterintuitive message this week: “Text and Drive.” Two billboards on the Gardiner Expressway purport to be an encouragement from a funeral home, but it’s really an advertising agency behind the

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Higher fines for distracted driving to take effect in B.C. in June

May 9, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The government of British Columbia has announced new financial penalties for distracted driving effective June 1. The new penalties will be calculated using the base fine of $368 combined with escalating Insurance Company of British Columbia (ICBC) driver penalty point

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Tired of Losses

May 1, 2016 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Driver distraction and fatigue are believed to be the root causes of many large auto losses. Even when drivers have their eyes on the road, the mere act of talking on a hands-free wireless device can adversely affect both field of vision and the ability to concentrate on the task of driving, one risk management expert cautions. While hours of service regulations stipulate the amount of rest that commercial drivers must have, one sleep expert warns that sleeping at the right time is just as important as getting the right amount of sleep.

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Police in Saskatchewan catch 374 unbuckled, unrestrained motorists in March: SGI

April 25, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI), the province’s self-sustaining auto insurance fund, said last week that a total of 374 people were ticketed for failing to wear a seatbelt or properly restrain children in vehicles during March’s traffic safety spotlight on occupant