May 13-19, 2014 is Canada Road Safety Week

In a previous post, we discussed potential hazards for long weekend driving.

During the week of May 13-19, 2014, the OPP has launched an enforcement and education campaign as part of Canada Road Safety Week.

The campaign is a police initiated initiative to remind drivers that education about safe driving is a priority and that an essential party of the role of the police is to enforce laws to save lives and reduce injuries on Canada’s roadways.

Road Safety Week targets the “big four” driver offenses: drunk/impaired driving, distracted driving, aggressive driving and failure to wear seatbelts. These are the behaviours that put drivers, passengers and other road users at risk.

The OPP revealed that distracted driving caused more deaths than impaired driving in 2013.

Recently, the fine for distracted driving increased to $280 in Ontario in an effort to help thwart distracted driving.

Canada Road Safety Week is put on by Transport Canada and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and is part of Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2015. Canada’s Road Safety Strategy is a plan to make Canada’s roads the safest in the world.

If you or someone you know has been injured as the result of a motor vehicle accident involving a bicycle, motorcycle, car or were injured as a pedestrian,  it is important that you contact the experienced Windsor personal injury lawyers at Paciocco & Mellow at (519) 915-SORE (7673). We can provide you with a free, no obligation initial consultation. 

We understand that you may feel overwhelmed as a result of your accident and during the legal process and we strive to provide the best service possible and to help our clients in any way that we can, be it a referral to a specialist, rehabilitation provider, help securing a litigation loan or providing reassurance.

The law firm of Paciocco & Mellow aims to help provide you with Peace of Mind at a Difficult Time.

OPP Requests Responsible Driving Over May Long Weekend

As with every long weekend, the Ontario Provincial Police ask for drivers to be responsible.

According to a recent article from The Windsor Star, provincial police are bracing themselves for what they call one of the most dangerous weekends of the summer. Victoria Day Weekend is the first long weekend of the summer/cottage season and is associated with busier highways. Many people are heading up to cottages or making use of the highways over the long weekend.

The OPP have particular concerns for motorcycle safety and the rising number of motorcycle fatalities that can happen over a long weekend. They have concerns about the rising number of off-road vehicle deaths and motorcycle deaths. The OPP are urging motorcycle riders to wear helmets and drive sober.

Motorists can expect an increased police presence during the long weekend.

The OPP are also encouraging boating safety and encourage everyone to practice safe boating. First and foremost, anyone on a boat should be wearing a life jacket. The OPP suggest monitoring weather conditions and letting a friend or relative know your planned route and duration of your trip, in the event of an emergency.

If you or someone you know has been injured as the result of a motorcycle accident or motor vehicle accident where you were a driver, passenger, cyclist or pedestrian, it is important that you contact the experienced Windsor personal injury lawyers at Paciocco & Mellow at (519) 915-SORE (7673). We can provide you with a free, no obligation initial consultation. 

We understand that you may feel overwhelmed as a result of your accident and during the legal process and we strive to provide the best service possible and to help our clients in any way that we can, be it a referral to a specialist, rehabilitation provider, help securing a litigation loan or providing reassurance.

The law firm of Paciocco & Mellow aims to help provide you with Peace of Mind at a Difficult Time.

Technology to Prevent Texting and Driving

Mobile technology is very attractive and very tempting. It is difficult for many to resist the urge to check their text messages or emails while driving, despite distracted driving laws. In Ontario, a driver can penalized for distracted driving and ordered to pay a fine for distracted driving. Even just holding a mobile device without using it is still considered “use of a mobile device” and if a driver is caught in that situation, a ticket can be issued. Recently, Ontario increased the fine for distracted driving to $280.

Kanetix.ca commissioned a survey regarding Canadian’s opinions on distracted driving and the survey results revealed that the majority of Canadians felt that texting and driving should be a criminal offense.

Apple has developed technology to help drivers put down the phone, called CarPlay. CarPlay is an iOS system designed for a vehicle dashboard. It can read text messages out loud, act as a navigation system and mp3 played. It does not allow users to open or compose text messages themselves, instead text messages are read outloud and composed through voice command.

Apple has also revealed that they have filed for a patent for an invention that would disable various cell phone features while driving. The technology is known as “driver handheld computing device lock-out” and the patent submissions can be found here.

The proposed software would be a lock-out mechanism to disable the ability of a handheld device to perform certain functions while a person is driving. The software would include a motion and scenery analyzer. Apple has proposed 3 different scenarios under which the computing device would work and would analyze signals to know when unsafe conditions occur.

Apple explained that the reason for this invention is the fact that texting and driving has become a major concern for the general public and law enforcement. Distracted driving contributes to a large number of yearly traffic incidents, including fatal ones.

If you or someone you know has been injured as the result of a motor vehicle accident, it is important that you contact the experienced Windsor personal injury lawyers at Paciocco & Mellow at (519) 915-SORE (7673). We can provide you with a free, no obligation initial consultation.

We understand that you may feel overwhelmed as a result of your accident and during the legal process and we strive to provide the best service possible and to help our clients in any way that we can, be it a referral to a specialist, rehabilitation provider, help securing a litigation loan or providing reassurance.

The law firm of Paciocco & Mellow aims to help provide you with Peace of Mind at a Difficult Time.