Safety Category Archives

More than 4,000 helmets donated through OTLA’s 2014 Bike Helmets on Kids campaign

Everyone should wear a helmet when riding a bike, but children especially need protection because of the heightened risk they face. Head injuries are the number one cause of serious injury and death to kids on bicycles. It’s also the law—in Ontario, anyone under the age of 18 must wear a helmet while riding a bicycle on the road or sidewalks. Earlier this spring, we …

The Real Facts in McDonald’s Coffee Case Percolating Through Social Media

Social media and online news sources are providing trial lawyers and victims’ rights activists with new opportunities to ensure that the public is informed and not misled by tort “reform” and big business propaganda. The McDonald’s hot coffee case was actively lauded by tort “reformers” as an example of all that was wrong with the American civil justice system. The actual facts of the case were …

Most pedestrian fatalities are preventable: Staying safe this spring

Pedestrians Crossing, Bloor and Yonge by Gary J. Wood, licensed under CC Attribution – Share Alike 2.0 Generic. As we break free from the long, dark days of winter, many people are anxious to get outdoors, enjoy the weather and get active. Over the past weeks, the OTLA blog has reminded us to be safety conscious as we hit the streets on our motorcycles or …

Stay safe on your motorcycle this spring

Spring has finally sprung. Crocuses are peeking above the ground, birds are singing…and motorcycles are roaring down the streets. Despite the fact that motorcycles are only on the road for a short portion of the year, they account for a significant number of injuries and fatalities. In 2010, of the 885 motor vehicle related fatalities in Ontario, 57 involved motorcycles and mopeds. With this in …

Setting a good example for safety

I think maybe–just maybe–this never-ending winter has finally come to an end. The snow is almost gone and temperatures are rising to the double digits. With the warmer weather comes more kids out on the streets riding bicycles. In Ontario, kids are required to wear helmets when cycling on public roads. This law has been in place since 1995. Unfortunately, there are still too many …

Got salt? This winter, it might not be enough

The term “global warming” may seem like a misnomer when the temperature has been dipping to -20 C or lower. But whether you call it a cold snap, a polar vortex or climate change, let’s face it—we Canadians are getting some extreme cold this winter. This deep chill is creating slick conditions for Ontario motorists. And if you think that applying more salt to the …