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Transportation Minister talks safety on the 401

The Provincial Minister of Transportation is trying to make driving on the 401 safer.

On Friday Minister Steven Del Duca met with representatives from the Leeds and Grenville 401 corridor to outline actions intended to improve commercial motor vehicle safety in the region. According to the province they intend to conduct a series of targeted blitzes focused on distracted and aggressive driving, mechanical fitness and the safe transportation of dangerous goods.

The province says they intend to help drivers make informed decisions by providing more up to the minute information. They intend to install more changeable message signs between Port Hope and the Quebec border. There is also a new forecasted driving conditions feature on the Ontario 511 page, which predicts driving conditions based on weather, precipitation, wind and temperature.

These changes come about as the province works with the mayors of Eastern Ontario, the OPP and the commercial motor vehicle industry to find long-term solutions for highway safety. Some of the people who met with Minister Del Duca include OPP Inspector Paul Bedard and Mayor of Prescott Brett Todd.

In further related news the OPP will be announcing a highway safety initiative in a press conference tomorrow morning.

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