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Canada Road Safety Week is an enforcement-driven initiative led by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), and more specifically by the CACP’s Traffic Safety Committee. It is designed to increase public compliance with safe driving measures in order to save lives and reduce injuries on our roads.
This road safety awareness campaign is part of the broader Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2025, which aims to make Canada’s roads the safest in the world. To this end, the campaign is focused on behaviours that put drivers, passengers, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users most at risk:
- Alcohol-impaired driving
- Drug-impaired driving
- Fatigue-impaired driving
- Distracted driving
- Aggressive driving
- Not wearing a seatbelt
In 2019, Canada Road Safety Week will take place from Tuesday May 14th to Monday May20th. Each day of Canada Road Safety Week will be dedicated to a different road safety risk factor, with Saturday, May 18th being designated National Enforcement Day.
All enforcement agencies across the country are invited to actively participate in this campaign and to encourage citizens in their respective community to adopt safe driving practices.
Canada Road Safety Week Toolkit
- Poster: Promoting the theme and focus for Canada Road Safety Week
- Briefer: Key messages to facilitate media interviews
- Fact sheet: A list of facts and stats pertaining to each of the various road safety issues being addressed during Canada Road Safety Week. These can be useful to support media relations or social media initiatives.
- Media advisory template: An invitation to the local media to attend the local CRSW initiative(s) to be undertaken by an individual police service. (Coming soon)
- News release template: An overview of the campaign and insight into the initiative(s) undertaken by an individual police service. (Coming soon)
- Social media content: A list of proposed images and messages to be used on Twitter and/or Facebook during the week of the campaign.
Some reasons are national in scope, while others are highly regional.
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Insurer Aviva Canada has implemented new — and what some call drastic — auto policy changes that some motorists are not happy about.
Calgarian Scott Ramsay is one of those drivers. He’d been a policy holder for almost 10 years.
“I had no tickets, no convictions, same with my wife,” Ramsay said. “We’re clean drivers and we always have been.”
They did have one insurance claim for hail, three years ago, but Ramsay said that was it.
That’s why they were surprised to get a letter and lengthy renewal application from Aviva Canada a few weeks before their policy was to be renewed.
“Just the way it was worded, it kind of ticked me off. You can apply for renewal and we may give you the opportunity to renew.”
The letter further stated if he was approved, the full premium was due at renewal — he could no longer pay in installments.
“There will be many people who can’t afford to pay that — 12 months upfront,” Ramsay said. “So they will walk away.”
Global News has heard from several Aviva Canada customers who have experienced the same situation.
Some didn’t read the letter carefully, or respond in time, and their insurance coverage was cancelled.
Aviva Canada spokesperson Fabrice de Dongo told Global News:
“Fundamentally, we’re just working to make sure we have accurate and updated information, so that we have a full understanding of our customers’ needs.”
He said Aviva does this because during the year, drivers can get into accidents or get tickets and the company can’t accurately rate or assess the risk, or determine the proper premium for a renewal.
“In some instances, we may also amend payment options for a customer.”
de Dongo said the company will also give customers as much time as possible to update their information, and they will always renew properly completed applications.
In Alberta, he said Aviva mails out renewal applications 45 days prior to the renewal date.
Aviva Canada went on to say the changes won’t affect all of its policy holders and it also isn’t limited to Alberta customers — but for competitive reasons, the company can’t disclose any more details.
Ramsay doesn’t know why he was chosen, but said he believes the insurer is trying to sign on new customers at higher premiums in order to make more money.
Global News put the allegation to Aviva, but didn’t get a specific response.
“I’m essentially giving them $2,500 a year to insure two cars that I don’t claim on,” he said. “Now they just lost that business.”
Ramsay has moved on, choosing to shop around. He said he’s signed on with a new insurer and will be saving $400 a year.