Car Crashes on Highway #401 - Eastern Ontario
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Car Crashes on Highway #401 & #416
in Eastern Ontario

Hwy 401   Hwy 401

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Over the past few years it seems that there has not only an increase in traffic along
Highway #401 and #416 but also a larger number of fatal accidents

Kingston between exits 611 and 619. Construction began in 2014 to expand the highway
to six lanes through Cobourg. The estimated completion date is summer 2017

Lyle & I just drove from highway 15 turnoff at 401 Kingston to Brockville.
We counted 603 transports
- ( from Facebook)

Speed limits are 100 km/hour but trucks are governed at 110 km'hour
and cars usually cruise at 120+ km/hour

Highway #401 has turned into the most travelled road in North America !

Before you go out on the #401
We suggest you watch this video

Distractive Driving Using a Cell Phone
is one of the biggest causes of accidents

So here are some tips for driving the #401 & 416 Highways

About Using Cell Phones

Button  Make a habit of thinking about what calls or texts you need to send before you begin your trip. Before you start the car, take a moment to think about what information you might need during the trip. For instance, program your GPS at the outset, rather than fiddling with it during the drive. Make that call to ask your mom a question before you’re on the road. Text your friend that vital piece of gossip, then put away the phone.

Button The idea of a designated driver has caught on for drunk driving, and choosing a substitute can be just as useful for distracted driving. Select a friend to be your designated texter while you’re behind the wheel.

Button Stow your phone somewhere you can’t peek at it. Try putting it in the glove compartment (lock it if you must) or inside a purse in the back seat.

Button Silence notifications that tempt you to check your phone.

Button Investigate apps that will help boost your willpower. There are several types of apps on the market, some of them free, that allow you to block incoming messages or send automatic responses to let your friends know you’re driving.

Button Practice patience. Consider whether it’s worth risking your safety—and that of others in your car and on the road—to read a text while driving. Then wait until you’ve reached your destination.

Button If you absolutely cannot wait, pull over when you can do so safely. Swerving to the side of a busy highway is never a good option, of course. If you are driving on a road with safe places to pull over, use them to stop and text.

More Causes of Accidents

1. Distracted Drivers

According to Mark Edwards, Director of Traffic Safety at the American Automobile Association, somewhere between 25-50 percent of all motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. are directly related to driver distraction as the root cause of automobile accidents.

These distractions include texting, rubbernecking, or slowing down to observe another accident, accounting for 16 percent of all distraction-related crashes. Cell phone use is a major concern with as many as 85 percent of the estimated 100 million cell-phone users talking on their phone regularly while driving. One study found that driving and talking on a cell phone at the same time quadruples the risk of crashing. Other common driver distractions include:

Driver fatigue (12 percent)

Looking at scenery (10 percent)
Other passengers or children (9 percent)
Adjusting the radio or CD player (7 percent)
Reading the newspaper, books, maps, or other documents (less than 2 percent)

2. Driver Fatigue

According to the U.S. National Traffic Safety Administration, driver fatigue accounts for about 100,000 accidents every year in the United States, with the greatest risk between the hours of 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. when our circadian rhythms tell our bodies it’s time for sleep.

Fatigue drivers experience heavy eyelids, frequent yawning, a vehicle that drifts over road lines, fluctuating vehicle speed, misjudging traffic situations, seeing things “jump out” on the road, feeling fidgety or irritable, and daydreaming.

3. Drunk Driving

Drunk driving in Canada continues to be a leading cause of crashes despite the increased legislation on fines, driver suspensions, and possible jail time, up to 10 years if they cause bodily harm. On July 2, 2008, new Criminal Code provisions on impaired driving came into force in Canada, which gave police better tools to detect and investigate alcohol and drug-impaired driving. These changes increase the maximum sentence to life if the driver causes death and to a maximum 10-year sentence if they cause bodily harm.

4. Aggressive Driving

Transport Canada defines aggressive driving as speeding, running red lights, tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, and failing to yield the right of way, among other behaviours.


 Recent Serious Accidents

Accident Description

December 11, 2017 Fatal Crash: Hwy 401 WB at Dixon / Martin Grove exit. Car struck by tractor trailer. One occupant of car pronounced on scene. Full closure all WB lanes of Hwy 401.
November 28, 2017 Two people are dead and four others in hospital after a multiple-vehicle collision on Highway 401 east of Prescott on Monday night. Two transport trailers and three vehicles collided in the eastbound lanes of the 401 between Prescott and Highway 416 at 10:30 p.m., according to Grenville County Ontario Provincial Police.
November 22, 2017

A two vehicle accident involving a car and a transport early in the morning on the east bound lane of the 401 near Brockville kills one woman.

Nov 17, 2017

Two accidents near Gananoque kills two men.  The crash involved two cars and a tractor trailer.

Sept 21, 2017

A Montreal woman died and two other people were injured in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon near
Belleville, Ont.


Sept 8, 2017

Another person has died in a collision on Highway 401, the second fatal crash involving a tractor-trailer on the same stretch of highway in just over 12 hours.

According to the OPP, at about 12:30 p.m. a vehicle travelling eastward on the highway outside of Cornwall crashed into an eastbound tractor trailer.


Sept 7, 2017

A motorist ended up going the wrong way on Highway 401 because he was following his GPS, Leeds OPP say.

The Ontario Provincial Police was called when the driver was spotted going west in the eastbound lanes at Mallorytown A motorist ended up going the wrong way on Highway 401 because he was following his GPS, Leeds OPP say.

The Ontario Provincial Police was called when the driver was spotted going west in the eastbound lanes at Mallorytown


Sept 1, 2017

The OPP confirmed one person died in a three-vehicle collision on Highway 401 west of Joyceville


Aug 21, 2017

A 32-year-old woman is dead after a six-vehicle crash involving two tractor-trailers on Highway 401 in South Glengarry Township Monday afternoon, Ontario Provincial Police said. 

August 4, 2017

Two people are dead following a fiery crash on Highway 401 near Port Hope, Ont

June 7, 2017

A Roll Over car accident in Ottawa has left a 47 year old woman in serious but stable condition following an accident on a highway 416 off ramp to the eastbound 417.

Solutions to the Problem

  October 19, 2017       Widen the 401 : Mayors
November 30, 2017   Quick Action Sought on 401 trucks
December 9, 2017     New Highway 401 Safety Measures



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