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Province Must Take Action to Improve Local Road Safety

April 18, 2012

Adding Roundabouts to the provincial driving test will make Ontario roads safer

“The Region of Waterloo has undertaken a major effort to educate the public on roundabouts – to augment this good work I’m calling on the Province to also take action.”
– Michael Harris in a letter to the Minister of Transportation, March 27, 2012

KITCHENER — Today, Michael Harris, MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga announced his plan to address concerns regarding the safety of roundabouts in Waterloo Region.

In a letter to provincial Transportation Minister Bob Chiarelli, Harris asked the province to take action to improve road safety by including roundabouts on the driving test for drivers in Waterloo Region – and across Ontario in communities with roundabouts.

“Adding roundabouts to the driving test would ensure that new drivers have a clear understanding on how to properly use roundabouts. This simple addition would go a long way to reducing the number of collisions at these intersections,” said Harris.

Currently the MTO Driver’s Handbook includes a section on roundabouts to help prepare drivers for a possible question on the written exam for their G1 license.

“Although the possibility of a roundabout question on the written exam is a good first step, drivers with roundabouts in their community should have to successfully enter and exit a roundabout during their driving test in order to obtain their licence,” Harris said.

Over the past several years, there have been numerous collisions on local roadways involving both pedestrians and drivers improperly entering and exiting roundabouts.

“Waterloo Region currently has more than 30 roundabouts with more on the way,” said Harris “The rising number of collisions, and the resulting increase in public anxiety, clearly demonstrates the need to take action now to improve safety at these intersections.”