The Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030 was proclaimed by a UN General Assembly Resolution with a target to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries by 50 per cent by 2030, recognizing the gravity of this global issue. The Decade of Action is underpinned by the Global Plan, launched Oct. 28, 2021, which aims to inspire and guide national and local government, as well other stakeholders who can influence road safety. Through advocating for the Safe System Approach and providing recommendations based on best practices and research, the plan is an important resource both within Canada and abroad.
This presentation will provide an overview of the Global Plan, including the key priority areas within the global plan and efforts Parachute in partnership with CARSP and many other organizations will be leading in Canada. Presenter, Valerie Smith, Director, Programs, Parachute and President of the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals will also discuss how road safety needs to be integrated into other policy agendas such as climate action, health, and equity, to increase its reach and influence.
Valerie Smith, Director, Programs
Insights from a Pilot of a Virtual Driving Assessment: This presentation will share the findings of a pilot project conducted in Manitoba. The presenter will share information on their experience with piloting a new road safety technology, drivers’ experience with it, and the correlation between performance on the virtual assessment and real-world outcomes.
Bryce Doell, Manager, Road Safety Programs & Analysis
Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI)
Through a moderated discussion, panel members will discuss the labour challenges facing the trucking industry, the importance of collaboration, and opportunities to understand perspectives.
Melanie Vanstone, Director General, Multi-Modal and Road Safety Programs
Craig Faucette, Chief Program Officer
Mike Millian, President
Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC)
Jonathan Blackham, Director, Policy and Public Affairs
Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA)
Advances in technologies have challenged jurisdictions to look at new ways to deliver services. Presenters will share how digital transformation is impacting their approaches to delivering services.
Joni Brennan, President
Digital ID & Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC)
Mike Bannister, Director of Digital Government
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Chrissy Nizer, Administrator
Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration
Presenter: Bryant Walker Smith, University of Carolina
Automated driving will be an important part -- but only a part -- of our rapidly changing world. Effectively preparing for that change will require treating automated driving not as a goal but, rather, as a tool toward the goals of greater safety and opportunity. This also means we should focus less on whether the public "trusts" automated driving and more on whether the companies developing and deploying these technologies are actually worthy of that trust.
Presenter: Ryan Stein, Nicole Barranco, Julie Washburn
The introduction of autonomous vehicles and other technologies to Canadian roadways are changing the transportation ecosystem. This session will explore the unique road safety opportunities and challenges for vehicle manufacturers, insurance and industry as we continue to work towards zero fatalities and serious injuries on Canada’s roads. Representatives from industry will also have an opportunity to speak to the approaches their companies are taking to manage the safety of new vehicle technologies, including automated driving systems (ADS). The panel will be asked to describe methods used to validate the safety of new automation features and explain how they are managing new safety challenges posed by automated and connected vehicles, such as cybersecurity and after-market vehicle maintenance of advance sensor suites and vehicle software.
Presenter: Doug Beirness, Christine Wickens
Drug impaired driving is a road safety priority for governments and stakeholders in transportation, health, enforcement and road safety. With cannabis fully legalized in Canada, there is need for continued research and surveillance to monitor the impact of cannabis on Canada’s roads. This session will highlight current research and key findings that will help inform approaches to drug impaired driving.
Presenter: Dr. Linda Duxbury
The upcoming century will see a fundamental shift in the change in the nature of the employer-employee relationship as organizations seek to attract and retain talent in a seller’s market for labour. While it will be challenging in this market to get skilled employees, there will also be an increasing pool of people who cannot get work. In her talk Dr. Duxbury will look at this situation through a generational cohort lens, focusing on what organizations need to do to get and keep talented employees within three groups: Baby Boomers, Gen X and Millennials. She will also give employers information on how to adapt to meet the needs of these different groups of employees.
Distracted driving presents a serious threat to gains in road safety that have been made in Canada over the last 60 years. Multiple interventions and stakeholders with differing roles and responsibilities are necessary to address the complex issue of distracted driving. Through a facilitated panel discussion, representatives from governments in Canada and the United States will share perspectives, identify barriers, and explore innovative solutions to address distracted driving in Canada.
Presentations not available.
Presenter: Mark Francis, Wendy Doyle, Greg Overwater, Karen Hou
Automated and connected vehicle (AV/CV) technologies are rapidly evolving and have wide-ranging implications for road safety. Before these vehicles are introduced onto public roads, a number of policy and regulatory issues related to testing, evaluation, deployment and regulation, will need to be addressed. Through this session, participants will learn about work underway at CCMTA and in Canada to plan and prepare for the AV/CV future. Representatives from the vehicle manufacturing sector will also share current and emerging AV/CV initiatives in Canada.
Presenter: Charlie Klauer, Martin Lavallière
Distracted driving increases the chance of a motor vehicle crash and seriously threatens the health and safety of all road users. In this session delegates will hear from two researchers who will share outcomes from distracted driving studies, what recent findings reveal and how these outcomes might be used to address distracted driving in Canada.
Presenter: Dr. Jeff Brubacher
Observational surveys show that people drive after using drugs and this behaviour is likely to increase once cannabis is legalized in Canada. Driving impaired – whether by alcohol or by drugs – is a punishable offence. In this session a leading Canadian researcher will share what is known about cannabis and motor vehicle crash risk, how to monitor driver use moving forward and perspectives on what we might expect in Canada as the date for legalization of cannabis approaches.
Presenter: Sébastien Bédard
The goal of the presentation is to outline the main points of the study on the visibility of heavy vehicle drivers carried out by the ministry and its partners (SAAQ and Ville de Montréal):
-Analysis of problematic situations and options for detecting pedestrians in urban areas
-Research into solutions (mirrors, camera/monitor, technology systems) – adding mirrors was the selected option
-Assessment of available solutions: comparative testing methodology
-Results leading to a proposed solution to add and adjust mirrors
-Results of test project under actual operating conditions (feasibility, effectiveness, acceptability)
-Next step: Develop a best practices guide
Presenter: Cpl. Melissa Wutke, Charles Gakuba
Many Canadian jurisdictions have introduced and amended legislation to address talking, texting, holding and/or using electronic communication devices while driving. Law enforcement officials play an active role in enforcing this legislation. Canadian enforcement officials will share distracted driving enforcement initiatives, techniques and tactics, and their perspectives on barriers and challenges.
Presenter: Rudy Godfrin, Steve Purdy, Jeff Quarrington
New and emerging technology has the potential to change the way driver licence administrators interact and provide services to citizens. This session will provide information on the technology behind mobile driver licences and look at the outcomes from pilot testing in United States jurisdictions.
PART 1: Enforcement tools for cannabis-impaired driving: A pilot study to test oral fluid screening devices in Canada
Presenter: Rachel Huggins, Manager Policy Development, Public Safety Canada
Recent observational surveys have shown that people drive after using drugs. This behaviour is likely to increase once cannabis is legalized in Canada. To help police deal with possible increased rates of impaired driving, enforcement will need the right tools. In this session, Rachel Huggins, Public Safety Canada’s (PSC) Manager of Policy Development and Lead Coordinator of PSC’s Oral Fluid Drug Screening Pilot Project will share results from the recent pilot study conducted in jurisdictions across Canada. The pilot, a collaboration of PSC, RCMP and CCMTA, was designed to test the use of oral fluid screening devices by police officers at the roadside.
Presentations not available.
PART 2: Cannabis legalization: data monitoring and surveillance
Presenter: Vincent M. Stancato, Deputy Chief Coroner, British Columbia (BC) Coroner’s Service
Data monitoring and surveillance pre- and post-cannabis legalization, are critical to better understand the short and longterm impacts of cannabis legalization, and the potential impact on road safety. Information from coroner and medical examiners files of fatally injured drivers in Canada provides one means for monitoring road safety trends and changes over time. BC’s Deputy Chief Coroner, Vincent M. Stancato will provide an overview of the coroner system in BC, the methods and processes undertaken to determine drug presence in fatally injured drivers, as well as data collection challenges.
PART 1: Electronic communication device (ECD) use by urban drivers in Canada: A 2016 survey
Presenter: Wendy Doyle, Executive Director, Office of Traffic Safety, Alberta Transportation
Distracted driving increases the chance of a motor vehicle crash and seriously threatens the health and safety of all road users. In this session, delegates will learn about findings from recent distracted driving research. In 2016, CCMTA conducted a national survey of ECD use by urban drivers across Canada using similar methodology to surveys conducted in 2012 and 2009. Wendy Doyle, Executive Director, Office of Traffic Safety with Alberta Transportation and Chair of CCMTA’s Road Safety Research and Policies Program Committee will share key findings from the 2016 survey and noted changes in driver behavior since 2012.
PART 2: A review of technology related to distracted driving
Presenter: Andrea Scipione, Consultant, C3 Human Factors Consulting Inc.
The range of communication, information and entertainment technologies is exploding. Over the last five years, the development of technologies targeting drivers has also increased. Kelly Forbes of C3 Human Factors Consulting Inc. will share results of recent CCMTA commissioned research to identify technologies that are designed to mitigate or eliminate distraction as well as those that are contributing to distraction. The types of technology, modes of interaction, and the methods for mitigating/eliminating distraction will be discussed.
Presenter: Kevin Byrnes, Executive Director for Road User Safety Division (RUS), Ministry of Transportation (MTO)
Ontario’s driver and vehicle population is growing. By 2020, it is projected that the licensed driver population will increase by approximately 10 percent while the registered vehicle population will increase by approximately 8 percent. There are currently 12.3 million registered vehicles, 9.8 million licensed drivers, and 1.42 million commercial vehicles in the province. Kevin Byrnes, Executive Director for the Road User Safety Division with the Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation, and a CCMTA Board Member, will provide an overview of how his province is preparing for this growth amidst the changing road safety landscape. He’ll address three key pillars of Ontario’s work related to evolving technology, research, as well as the modernization of Ontario’s driver and vehicle program design and delivery.
Presenter: Garry Snyder, Northwest Territories Department of Infrastructure Lead, and Northwest Territories Ice Road Construction and Safety Projects
The Government of the Northwest Territories constructs and maintains over 1,400 km of winter roads and ice crossings. How are these road constructed and maintained to ensure the safety of those building them? Moreover, how is the territory ensuring the safe movement of people and goods on these winter roads? Ice Road construction expert Garry Snyder will explain the Department of Infrastructure’s approach as well as the process of engaging with its public and commercial stakeholders.
In addition to the advantages of reducing the cost of living, increasing employment and making these remote communities more accessible for tourists, the Northwest Territories ice road construction has enabled its residents to travel for recreation, shopping, training, and employment. The ice road network ultimately makes these communities less isolated and better able to sustain themselves all while enhancing connections with each other.
Presenter: David Bradley, President and CEO of the Canadian Trucking Alliance
The trucking industry plays a vital role in the economic health of Canada. It is also an industry that shares its workplace with the public. In this session, David Bradley, President and CEO of the Canadian Trucking Alliance will discuss the challenges faced by the industry, as well as potential solutions. Issues include: the continuing focus on truck safety (e.g., ELDs, the legalization of cannabis), Canada-US trade, the impact of automated vehicles and the industry’s human resource challenges.
Presenter: Dr. Matt Goledzinowski, Senior Research Scientist; ACS Corporation.
The legalization of cannabis in Canada requires preventive measures to counter drug impaired driving. This session will address key challenges of impaired driving and detection of impairment for those involved in road safety. Presenters Dr. Matt Goledzinowski, Senior Research Scientist; Abe Verghis, Regulatory Affairs Supervisor; and Felix JE Comeau, Chairman and CEO of ACS Corporationwill explore the pharmacokinetics of THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol — psychoactive chemical present in cannabis which enters the blood and then the brain immediately after it is inhaled or ingested). It is THC which impairs driving. Attendees will learn about the different technologies for roadside drug detection, the most reliable and efficient approach for identifying THC impaired drivers, the impact of various legislative approaches for dealing with drug impaired driving, and the importance of distinguishing policies on medical marijuana from social policies related to decriminalization and legalization.
Presenter: Karlyn Stanley, Adjunct Senior Researcher and Lawyer, RAND Corporation
As automated vehicles (AV) begin to arrive on our roads in the near future, they will disrupt both private and public sectors in the process. Government and business leaders must not only be aware to what is coming but also start preparing for the required changes. The presentation will look at the changing policy and regulatory landscape that will be impacted by the arrival of automated vehicles.
Presenter: Darrin Grondel, Director, Washington Traffic Safety Commission
In this session, you will hear from an expert in one of the U.S. states which have legalized the recreational use of cannabis. The speaker will talk about how cannabis sales are regulated in the state, the nature of their drug impaired driving legislation, how the law is being enforced, statistics on involvement of cannabis in collisions, and what the state is doing to prevent cannabis impaired driving (e.g., awareness/education, assessment/treatment).
Presenter: Alex Capelle, Segment leader Tachographs, Telematics and Services NAFTA Business Unit Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket Interior Division, Continental Corporation
An examination of the US ELD final rule, the technical requirements, the interfaces for roadside inspections, the certification process, the supporting documents requirements, and a depiction of compliant ELD systems.
Presenter: George W. Bishop IV, Deputy Commissioner, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
Knowledge is power. Virginia's Traffic Records Electronic Data System (TREDS) gives law enforcement and the Commonwealth citizens accessible and accurate information about where crashes are happening on the roadways around them for better safety decision-making. Since 2011, Virginia has been collecting, consolidating and tracking crash data. Now, new features allow users to not only track crashes, but tell them the type of crash and alert them to dangerous intersections and stretches of road. With that knowledge, law enforcement can target problem spots and drivers can be more aware what's going on around them.
Presenter: Ward Vanlaar Ph. D., Vice President Research, Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF)
This presentation will focus on Ontario's Enhanced Road Test (ERT), a new road test designed and evaluated by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) for the Ministry of Transportation in Ontario (MTO) to better distinguish between drivers with, and drivers without, cognitive impairment.
Presentations not available.
Presenter: Angela Litrenta, Manager, Driver Programs Office, Program Development and Evaluation Branch, Ontario Ministry of Transportation
A status update and overview of mandatory entry level commercial truck driver training in Ontario for Commercial Class A Drivers.
Presenter: Richard D. Holcomb, Commissioner, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
Virginia has enacted one of the United States' first comprehensive statewide laws regulating transportation network companies, or TNCs, such as Uber and Lyft. How do you regulate this growing industry? How do you acknowledge the growing popularity of these companies and encourage business growth, yet ensure safe travel for passengers? Virginia DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb will explain how Virginia brought together a diverse group of stakeholders, from the highway safety community, taxi and limousine industries, and TNCs, and created a regulatory framework that maintains safety for both TNC passengers and drivers.
Presenter: Dr. Charlie Klauer, Research Scientist and Leader, Teen Risk and Injury Prevention Group, Principal Investigator and Project Manager, Canada Naturalistic Driving Study, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI)
This presentation will see representatives from Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) talk about the study, provide status updates for the study, highlight the options / magnitude of research that could be considered, and provide some time estimates for the availability of the data for qualified researchers. This could lead to substantive use by the Canadian road safety research community.
Amanda Price, Transportation Program Development Coordinator, Yukon Government, Highways and Public Works
Craig Milligan, P.Eng., Transport Infrastructure Specialist, Fireseeds North Infrastructure
Ward A. Keith, Executive Director, Driver Safety, DVA, Administration & Registrar of Motor Vehicles,
Manitoba Public Insurance
Lesley de Repentigny, CEO of DriveWise Canada
Chris Boomer, Instructor at the North East Native, Advancing Society
Alex Capelle, Segment Leader ELD, Telematics NAFTA, Continental Automotive
Carolyn Goard, Communications Manager, Tire and Rubber Association of Canada
Ralph Warner, Director of Operations, Tire and Rubber Association of Canada
Frances Ilari, Senior Safety Research Advisor, Ontario Ministry of Transportation