QUEEN’S PARK, Ont. — Ontario has moved into first place in Canada, and is second to only Massachusetts in North America, for highway safety.
“Even though there are more vehicles and licensed drivers on our roads than ever before, Ontario now ranks first in Canada and second in North America for having the fewest number of fatalities per 10,000 licensed drivers,” Transportation Minister Brad Clark says. “These major achievements are due in no small measure to the priority we have placed on road safety over the past few years.”
Ontario has implemented several new road user safety programs in the past five years, stresses Clark. These include an immediate 90-day suspension for drivers who have been drinking, impoundment of any vehicle being driven by a person who is suspended under the Criminal Code for driving-related convictions, impoundment of critically defective commercial vehicles and higher fines and sanctions for a wide range of offences.
The news resulted from the release of newly rankings based on 1998 and 1999 Road Safety Annual Reports. In 1998, Ontario ranked second in Canada behind Newfoundland and fourth in North America behind Massachusetts, Newfoundland and Rhode Island.