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David Bateman
The museum just had a Capreol Mule
Trains hockey sweater donated and we
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The jersey is most likely from the late
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New Road Safety Rules In Effect September 1

Ontario Strengthening Penalties for Distracted Driving; Protecting Cyclists

On September 1, 2015, the rules of the road will be updated to help keep Ontarians safe.
Changes include tougher penalties for distratcted driving, new rules to protect cyclists and
measures to ensure the safety of tow truck drivers and children riding school buses.

Getting Tougher on Distracted Driving

Penalties for distracted driving will include an increased set fine of $490* and three
demerit points upon conviction. Novice drivers will receive a minimum 30-day suspension
for the first conviction and longer suspensions for subsequent convictions.

Keeping Cyclists Safe

The "dooring" of cyclists will carry an increased set fine of $365* and three demerit points
upon conviction. New rules will also require drivers to leave a one-metre distance where
possible when passing cyclists, or they may face the penalty of a $110*set fine and two
demerit points. Cyclists who don't use the required bicycle lights and reflectors face a
higher set fine of $110.*

Staying Alert Around Tow Trucks and School Buses

Drivers must now leave a safe passing distance between themselves and tow trucks
stopped on the roadside to provide assistance. Failing to slow down and move over for a
tow truck can result in a set fine of $490.* School buses will be more recognizible -- they
will now be the only buses permitted to be chrome yellow.

Ensuring Ontario's roads and highways are safe is part of the government's economic plan
for Ontario. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the
largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic,
innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings
plan.

*Fines as listed include the Victim Fine Surcharge and Court Costs.

QUICK FACTS
•If current collision trends continue, fatalities from distracted driving may exceed those from
drinking and driving by 2016.
•Research indicates that a driver who uses a cell phone is four times more likely to be in a
crash.
•A novice driver is one with a G1, G2, M1, M2, M2-L or M2-M licence.
•An estimated 1.2 million Ontarians ride a bicycle on a daily basis.
•Drivers failing to stop for a school bus can be fined up to $2,000 and six demerit points for
a first conviction.
•A bike must have a white front light and a red rear light or reflector if you ride between ½
hour before sunset and ½ hour after sunrise, and white reflective tape on the front forks
and red reflective tape on rear forks.

Driver and Vehicle Licence Fee Increases Come Into Effect September 1


Ontario Committed to Maintaining Roads and Bridges

Driver and vehicle licence fee increases come into effect on September 1, 2015 in order to
help maintain Ontario's road safety, support key services and improve crucial
transportation infrastructure.

Fees for driver licences, renewals, replacements and commercial permits are among those
increasing.

These changes support the recommendations of the Commission on the Reform of
Ontario's Public Services to cover the rising costs of maintaining provincial roads, bridges
and highways, enhance cost recovery for the delivery of driver and vehicle licensing
services, and to support quality public services Ontarians rely on every day.

QUICK FACTS
•The Ontario government has committed over $19 billion since 2003 to design, repair and
expand provincial highways and bridges across Ontario.
•There are about 12.1 million vehicles registered in Ontario.
•Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in the province’s history — more
than $130 billion over 10 years - which will support more than 110,000 jobs per year on
average, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals.