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Ontario fines for worst traffic offenses

A_narrow_bikelaneA narrow bikelane” by HallgrimssonOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

The province of Ontario has unanimously passed new legislation that makes the penalties for some of the most serious traffic offenses considerably stiffer than they were.  In an attempt to provide a more effective deterrent against, among other things, distracted driving, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, and failing to properly share the roadway with cyclists, fines have been increased.

A single text message could cost Ontario drivers more than a new smartphone.  Distracted driving will now cost $1000 and three demerit points.

Driving under the influence of marijuana will now carry the same penalties as driving while drunk, which is common to most Canadian provinces.  There will be steep fines, escalated license suspensions, and mandated addictions counselling for repeat offenders.

Cyclists must be given more space – one meter in all directions, which can make it tight on some city streets.  “Dooring” a rider by opening the car door without looking, and hitting a cyclist, which has long been a hazard in urban areas will carry a penalty up to $1000.

Cyclists will get more responsibility, too.  They’ll face fines up to $500 if they’re not using required reflectors or lights.

For our Ontario counterparts in the towing industry, tow trucks will be given the same level of respect that other emergency vehicles receive.  When passing a truck with the lights flashing, drivers are now required to slow down and give a full lane for the emergency operation whenever possible.  This move alone will make Ontario’s roads a safer place for all who use them.

At Dr. Hook Towing, we often see the consequences of unsafe behavior on city streets and highways.  We see Ontario’s stiffening of traffic laws as a necessary update of legislation that’s meant to make the roads safe for everyone.

Get in touch with us! For 24 hour tow truck service, call us Toll Free at 1-800-561-4665. Learn more about our Towing and Recovery Services. You can also sign up online for our Guaranteed Roadside Assistance program, membership is free and you know we’ll be there if you need us.

Dr. Hook’s Tilt Truck Division – Big or Small, We Move ‘Em All

tilt-truckAs part of our ongoing efforts to become the towing company of choice, we’ve equipped our fleet with 19 tilt trucks. A Tilt truck has a bed that can be extended and lowered, so that the load can be pulled up with a winch and secured.

When you tow a vehicle conventionally, two of it’s wheels are on the ground, or at best supported by a small dolly. This can cause wear and tear to the vehicle being towed, and leave it vulnerable to damage caused by road hazards.

Not every vehicle is capable of being towed conventionally. Modern all-wheel drive vehicles are particularly susceptible to damage from “wheels down” towing methods. When one end of a vehicle is raised, the angle at which the other wheels contact the roadway is not always optimal for the car, and damage may result.

A tilt truck is a flatbed vehicle that will tow your car with all of its wheels off the ground, secured to a platform on the back of the truck. As a result, your car “floats” on the truck, several feet above the road.

Tilt trucks are perfect for long-distance towing, moving of derelict vehicles, cars under restoration, and vehicles that are just too valuable to make the journey under their own power. And our trucks aren’t limited to automotive cargo, either. We can carry motorcycles, ATVs, and even things without wheels – if it fits on the platform, it can be moved – think about a completely assembled garden shed, swing set, or other large object that’s impractical to move any other way.

To get the services of one of our tilt trucks or for towing & recovery needs, call us 24 hours a day Toll Free 1-800-561-4665. We have 18 units capable of handling loads up to 21 feet long and 10,000 pounds, and one heavy-duty unit that can carry 25,000-pound loads up to 26 feet in length.