The latest statistics regarding motor vehicle accidents and the fatality rates which are pretty much consequential are rather grim. Reports show that pedestrian fatalities resulted from motor vehicle accidents in Toronto have risen with over sixty percent for the last few years, to reach their absolute peak in 2015. With this in mind, the police initiated strong awareness raising campaigns in order to bring this to the attention of people and somehow limit the fatal consequences resulting from these terrible events. The reports are also showing that over 75% of the victims are senior-age pedestrians.
Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act
This led to the initiation of amendments of legislation and initiation of enacting new regulations to ensure further safety on the roads of Ontario. The particular idea behind the new legislation which was announced in the middle of summer of2015 is to reduce the overall collisions, injuries as well as the fatalities on the roads of the province. The Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act was enacted and came into full effect at the early months of 2016. The main concept behind the regulations is to include stricter law enforcement actions as well as severe penalties which are supposed to have a preventive effect on those involved in the road traffic. One particular change, for instance, is that drivers are now legally obligated to wait the for the pedestrian to completely cross the road prior to proceed with his driving when he’s located at a school and pedestrian crossovers. It is hoped that implementation of proper road safety regulations in Barrie will lower the cases of pedestrian accidents and minimize car accidents too.
Preventive for accidents
In any case, there is only so much that a law can do. There are two types of protection which could be accomplished by legal regulations – preventive and repairing. The former suggests that the necessary steps are taken in order to ensure that the accident does not happen in the first place. The most common way of accomplishing this is through severe penalties. Throughout implementing harsher legal punishments, drivers are made to abide by the regulations under the fear of being slapped with charges. This is likely to be one of the most effective ways to prevent accidents.
The second type, the repairing one, aims to prevent someone who’s already caused an accident to do so again in the future. By duly enforcing the punishment which is regulated by law, the latter is going to make the perpetrator refrain for similar conduct in future under threat of even more severe charges and legal punishments. However, in order for this to work, there have to fully operational institutions and behavior-correction facilities. Otherwise, the effect could be the exact opposite with people becoming angrier with the system in Barrie, thus wanting to commit further crimes. The implementation of the most current legislation promises better results.