Tag Archive: CAA

Jul 29

DISTRACTED DRIVING – Responsible For 8 Out Of 10 Collisions

CAA Niagara, Road-Test.org
Replying to a text message takes an average of 33.6 seconds. If you’re driving on a residential road, this means you may have missed 85 parked cars, 36 houses or 5 intersections.


While numbers may vary, the evidence to date clearly shows that driver distraction is an important issue for road safety. CAA believes that the rise of habits that constitute distracted driving, and particularly texting while driving, over the past decade is a serious cause for concern. Read the rest of this entry »


Jun 18

Dufferin Street In Toronto Is The Worst Road In Ontario

CAA - Worst Roads In Ontario

CAA SCO reveals Top 10 List

TORONTO, June 18, 2013 /CNW/ – For two years in a row, Dufferin Street in Toronto has been voted the worst road in Ontario. Over the years, Dufferin Street has made CAA’s Worst Roads List seven times – not far behind Steeles Avenue which previously earned eight spots on the list.Half of the roads on the 2013 list are from the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). This year, Burlington  Avenue East in Hamilton moved up one spot on the list while Finch Avenue West and Bayview Avenue, both in Toronto, jumped five spots. Read the rest of this entry »


Apr 02

CAA Applauds Repeal of Florida IDP (International Drivers Permit) Law

Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)

April 02, 2013 13:56 ET

Governor’s Approval Today Resolves Situation for Canadian Drivers in Florida


OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – April 2, 2013) – The Canadian Automobile Association is pleased that the state of Florida today officially repealed a law that made it mandatory for Canadian drivers to carry an International Driving Permit.

The repeal comes after interventions from CAA, other stakeholders and thousands of Canadian drivers caught unaware by the IDP law, which came into effect with no notice. CAA applauds the government of Florida for repealing the law, a process that ended today when Gov. Rick Scott signed the repeal bill.

“Effective immediately, Canadians in Florida can go back to doing what they have always been able to do – drive with peace of mind in the Sunshine State using their provincial driver’s license,” said Jeff Walker, CAA Vice President of Public Affairs. “CAA is pleased that the voices of its members and others were listened to by state officials, and that the state of Florida has removed any uncertainty.”

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Feb 25

New tool quickly calculates yearly cost of ownership, which Canadians consistently underestimate

BCAA - logoBCAA “Driving Costs” provides real price tag of owning a vehicle

New tool quickly calculates yearly cost of ownership, which Canadians consistently underestimate

BURNABY, BC, Feb. 25, 2013 /CNW/ – A vehicle is the second-largest expense most people have, but a lot of us are not taking into account all the expenses associated with owning and driving a vehicle. Today, the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) is pleased to introduce “Driving Costs”, a free online tool that will allow motorists to calculate the cost of vehicle ownership easily and quickly. For everything from gas to licence fees and depreciation, “Driving Costs” will provide British Columbians the real cost of owning and operating a vehicle in our province.

In a CAA study conducted as part of an Ipsos Reid poll of over 2,000 Canadians, about four in five of respondents under-estimate the cost of owning and operating a vehicle, with six in ten Canadians under-estimating the cost by $4,000 or more. The study also reveals that two-thirds of Canadians think their annual grocery bill is bigger than their car ownership costs, which is not true. The yearly ownership cost for an average compact car in B.C. is about $9,500 while the average British Columbian spends close to $5,700 on groceries a year.

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Aug 11

Emergency Officials Prepare for Crackdown for Safety’s Sake

Time to get movin’ on over … when you see an Emergency Vehicle at the side of the road

Niagara This Week published the following article that got my blood boiling.  Review the article and then read my response published in this week’s Letter to the Editor.

Movin’ on over. Staff Sgt. Jan Idzenga, detachment commander for the OPP in Niagara, speaks while Deputy Chief Joe Matthews of Niagara Regional Police and John Cunnane, chief of Niagara Emergency Medical Services, listen at the Vineland truck inspection station on Monday. Police plan a crackdown on drivers who don't obey the law when it comes to approaching an emergency vehicle on the side of a road or highway. Paul Forsyth/staff photo

Paul Forsyth – Focus On Niagara – staff

July 31, 2012
You’re on Thorold Stone Road heading into Niagara Falls or on Niagara Street in St. Catharines and you pass by a police cruiser with lights flashing pulled over to the shoulder. If you stayed in the right lane, you’ve probably just broken the law and could face a fine of thousands of dollars along with a big hit to your car insurance rates.

Yet that fact seems little known by a huge number of drivers in Niagara, say emergency officials who gathered at the Vineland truck inspection centre along the QEW on Monday. The officials, from OPP, Niagara Regional Police, Niagara Emergency Medical Services, fire departments, Niagara Parks Police and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, put on an impressive show of solidarity in showing just how important it is for drivers to obey the law.

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