Safety Groups Join Forces to Raise Distracted-Driving Awareness at CNE
TORONTO - A group of health and safety organizations from across Ontario, of which include the Public Services Health and Safety Association, will join forces at the Canadian National Exhibition this summer to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. The group will be sponsoring a photo and information booth with the theme "Promise to Focus on the Road."
Visitors to the distracted-driving-awareness booth on Princes' Boulevard will be able to have a souvenir photo taken and will be given promotional lighted bracelets and information brochures. Visitors will be able to take part in the interactive display and learn about the dangers of distracted driving. Staff from all of the partner organizations will be on hand to answer questions about both road safety and workplace safety.
To help generate awareness and community engagement, visitors will be asked to continue the conversation by tweeting about distracted driving they have seen, using the hashtag #focusontheroad.
The booth will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. for five days-Aug. 26 to Aug. 30.
The sponsors of the booth are the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA), Public Services Health and Safety Association, Workplace Safety and Prevention Services, Workplace Safety North, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, Canadian Automobile Association, Toronto Police Service, the Ministry of Labour, and the Ministry of Transportation.
As of Sept. 1 of this year, drivers in Ontario will face set fines of $490 and three demerit points. This is all part of the Making Ontario Roads Safer Act.
In view of current collision trends, it is predicted that by 2016 more people will be dying from distracted driving than from drinking and driving. According to the Ontario Provincial Police, 73 people died in collisions related to distracted driving in 2014.*
About the Public Services Health and Safety Association
Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA) is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Labour and works with Ontario's Public and Broader Public Sector employers and workers, providing training, consulting and resources to reduce workplace risks and prevent occupational injuries and illnesses. We serve more than 10,000 organizations and over 1.6 million workers across the province's education and culture, community and healthcare, municipal and provincial government and emergency services sectors.
Located across Ontario, our regional teams bring together sector-specific experience with expertise in common workplace issues to provide clients proven prevention training, consulting and resources based on best practices and ongoing research.
It's our belief that all workers and employers should have access to the occupational health and safety information they need, regardless of physical location. This commitment to anywhere learning allows PSHSA to enhance prevention activities by delivering comprehensive training and consulting solutions in a variety of convenient formats. From eLearning to regional instructor-led training, we offer effective solutions to meet your unique needs.
No matter where you are on your health and safety journey, PSHSA has the people, knowledge and solutions to help you identify risks, implement controls and meet and exceed legislative requirements. Together, we will make your organization a healthier and safer place to work.
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