Ottawa’s Operation Red Nose needs volunteers. Number to call…

Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth: Operation Red Nose needs our help. Already in 2013,  Operation Red Nose has driver over 425 people home safely and the it continues to do so and plans on getting many more home this holiday season.  This year however, they are short on volunteers. Each call requires 3 volunteers and Operation Red Nose needs more.

The obvious concern with not having enough volunteers is that people are still relying on Operation Red Nose to get home safely. New Year’s eve will surely be a very busy night and the need for more volunteers will increase.  The hours of operation for Operation Red Nose are from 9 p.m. until 3 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Operation Red Nose is available in the following areas:

  • Kanata
  • Ottawa
  • Blackburn Hamlet
  • Barrhaven
  • Nepean
  • Gloucester
  • Orleans
  • Gatineau (Aylmer, Hull & Gatineau sectors – providing the pickup or drop off area is on the Ontario side).

If you can, please help support this amazing organisation. Operation red nose is happy to answer any questions and welcomes all volunteers.  You  can reach Operation Red Nose at 613-820-NOSE (6673)

 


Ottawa injury lawyers happy to share that Ottawa’s Operation Red Nose starts next weekend.

Injury Lawyers Ottawa Ontario, David Hollingsworth

Well, some have started to celebrate the holidays already.  For the next few weekends , many will be out and celebrating with festive cheer.  In 2010, there were approximately  2,550 people who died in motor vehicle crashes in Canada and approximately 63,821 of these individuals were injured in an impairment-related crash.  (MADD Canada) . I wanted to remind everyone of the many services available in the Ottawa area.  Operation Red Nose(613) 820-6673  starts up next weekend.  Volunteer drivers will be available to drive you and your car home safely . Not only does everyone get home safe, donations go to the Boys and Girls Club.  Sounds great to me.  There are also other organisations such as Responsible Choice (613) 248-0444 who offer the same services ; however they will have a set fee and don’t operate on the donation system. You can also plan ahead and leave your car at home and call on the many taxi organisations in Ottawa such as Blue Line (613) 238-1111, West-Way (613) 727-0101 , Capital Taxi (613) 744-3333 and DJs (613) 829-9900.

You can also always designate a driver, walk or take the bus.  Whatever way you plan to travel to and from this holiday season, please remember that you cannot drink and drive.  Your life and the lives of others are absolutely in jeopardy.  I hope you all have a very safe and happy holiday season.  Drive and arrive safely to your destinations.

 


Ontario Court of Appeal : Even if your phone is off, it is still illegal to hold a phone while driving.

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CBC news reported that the Ontario’s Court of Appeal has determined that it is indeed illegal to hold a cellphone when driving. The decision was released on Friday in 2 cases where 2 people were convicted under the Highway Traffic Act for violating the ban on using cellphones when driving. One case involved a woman who argued that she wasn’t using the phone but merely picking her phone up off the floor after it had fallen.  She was stopped at a red light when doing so and a police officer noticed her with a phone in her hand.

Originally, the charges were dismissed when a judge decided that there needed to be some “sustained physical holding”  to convict of these charges; however, the Appeal Court overturned that decision.

In another related case, a driver was caught driving and holding a cellphone but argued that it couldn’t be proven that the phone was sending or receiving at the time. The Ontario Court of Appeal did not see it that way and determined that holding a mobile phone is an offence under the law because ” the language in the law requiring a capability of sending or receiving applies only to devices other than cellphones , because cellphones have that capability automatically built-in.

It was reported on cbc.ca that Transportation Minister Jim Bradley said that the goal of Ontario legislature is to make sure that drivers focus “on one thing and one thing only: driving,”

The Court of Appeal went on to state that having a complete ban on holding a cell phone while driving “best focuses a driver’s undivided attention on driving.”

Despite distracted driving campaigns and police enforcement, according to the Transport Canada’s National Collision Database for the years 2006 to 2010,  fatal accidents where distracted driving is noted as a cause have gone up by 17 % in Canada from 302 deaths to 352. Having a complete ban on holding a cellphone while driving may remove temptations for some to “quickly” check something and lose their driving focus.  I believe the The Court of Appeal’s decision is aiming to eliminate any grey areas and hopefully the end result will be safer roads and fewer accidents related to distracted driving.

For several years, distracted driving has surpassed impaired driving as one of the top causes of accidents in Ontario.  While many point to teenage drivers as being people that drive distracted, it is a problem across the ages.  Although cellphones are a huge problem when it comes to distracted driving, there are also many other distractions out there such as children in the back seat, eating, animals in the car, putting on make-up etc…

We all need to use common sense and keep our focus on what we are doing; whether that be driving or walking. The stakes are too high and the statistics don’t lie.  Please, put your phone away and keep your eyes on the road !

 


Have a great, safe long weekend ! Ottawa Police targeting speeding and pedestrian accidents.

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We can all help in working towards reducing the number of accidents in Ottawa and Gatineau. In an effort to keep our streets safer, Ottawa Police and Gatineau Police are focussing on pedestrian safety and reducing speeding in the Ottawa/Gatineau area.

Did you know that…

Between 2008 and 2012, there were 1,814 Ottawa/Gatineau accidents involving pedestrians which resulted in 1,706 personal injuries and 38 deaths.

Did you also know that…

Between 2008 and 2012, there were 16,033 Ottawa/ Gatineau accidents as a result of  speeding ? These accidents caused  4,543 personal injuries and 69 deaths.

Yes, accidents happen; however these accidents can often times be prevented.  The Ottawa community wants safer roads and if everyone does their part, we can have them.  The Ottawa Police are on board, Ottawa schools are on board, the community is on board and now we need every individual on board. There are many Ottawa community initiatives already in place to promote a safer and healthier community. This means all drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians need to be a part of a safer Ottawa environment. An accident can change your life in an instant and your life may never be the same again. I meet daily with families whose lives have been completely altered by an accident. An accident affects the lives of not only the injured but usually everyone around them; especially family members.

Set an example for your children. Please, talk to your kids about driving responsibly.  If you are the driver, remember these statistics the next time you are contemplating putting your foot on the pedal to get there sooner. Your health and the health of your family is incredibly important.

As we head into the long weekend, many people will be driving on highways to get to their destinations, I urge everyone to please drive safely and have a great, safe long weekend.

 


Ottawa Police issue 751 charges. What were the infractions? Ottawa accident lawyer David Hollingsworth shares the results.

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The Ottawa Police and Gatineau Police targeted distracted driving and cycling safety during the months of May and June and the results were astonishing. A total of  751 charges were laid in an effort to help make Ottawa and Gatineau roads a safer place.  What is also interesting is the type of driving offenses that occurred in a short time frame of 2 months.

The Safer Roads Ottawa Program is a leading community partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health and the Public Works Department. These organisations work together towards preventing and eliminating accidents, deaths and serious personal injuries in the Ottawa area. Their goal is to change culture, engage our community and develop a sustainable safe transportation environment.

In the months of May and June, the following infractions occurred and Ottawa Police charged:

Motorcycle infractions 29

Running red lights 475

Impaired driving 142

Construction zone infractions 107

Ottawa Accident Lawyers

As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, these infractions are shocking to us. It would seem that everyone of these infractions is preventable and could very well cause a serious accident.  We all need to be aware of the severity and consequences of these infractions. You may think running a red light can save you 5 minutes in driving time; however the reality is that not running that red light might save your life and the lives of loved ones.  Too often I meet with families who have lost a loved one or someone is severely injured and their lives have been changed forever. They would do anything to turn back the clock , they would do anything to not have had that accident. Often times the accident was not their  fault and could have been avoided. Let’s all work together to make Ottawa roads a safer place to drive, cycle, walk and be on. Do your part.

 

 


Ottawa Injury Lawyer : Ottawa cycling accident Innes road and Belcourt sends male to Ottawa hospital with serious injuries.

Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Yesterday we reported of an Ottawa cyclists being struck and sadly last night another Ottawa cyclist was struck close to Innes Road and Belcourt Boulevard at approximately 9:45 p.m. The male cyclist was rushed to an Ottawa hospital with serious personal injuries but thankfully Ottawa Police reported that the injuries were not life threatening. I wish him a full and hopefully not lengthy recovery.

I know that it’s summer and there are more bicycles on our Ottawa roads but I worry about the number of cycling accidents that occur each year in Ottawa. Statistics Canada reported that approximately 7,500 cyclists suffer serious personal injuries each year and that as many as 70,000 others are likely treated in hospital emergency rooms for cycling accidents and related personal injuries.

Cycling Accidents in Ottawa

We all need to do our part to reduce the number of Ottawa cycling accidents.  This means drivers need to slow down, look for cyclists and be aware that there are MANY cyclists out there on Ottawa roads and we all need to share the road.  Cyclists also need to be aware of how vulnerable they are on the roads, cycle accordingly and also follow the rules of the road.

Ottawa is a busy city with a great cycling culture. I encourage everyone who can to get out there on their bicycles as much as possible. We need to work together as drivers and cyclists to ensure a safer Ottawa for everyone. This goes for kids and adults alike. Reducing the number of Ottawa bicycle accidents is not an unrealistic goal; in fact I think it is an excellent goal for our city. We have put a lot of funding into making our bike paths and bike lanes safer for Ottawa cyclists and still, there needs to be more. Safe cycling and don’t forget to protect your head !

If you’ve been injured in a cycling accident, contact us for a free consultation or visit our website at www.ottawainjury.ca/cycling-accidents/

 

 


Highway 417 accident sends 15 year old to hospital with serious injuries and death of Inas Naseif Bolus.

Personal Injury Lawyer in Ottawa David Hollingsworth.

The Ontario Provincial Police have released the identity of  the deceased driver of the July 16 accident on Highway 417 in North Glengarry as  47-year-old Inas Naseif Bolus from Ottawa. Bolus had been travelling with a 15-year-old male passenger who was rushed to an Ottawa hospital with serious personal injuries.  Police reported that the vehicle Bolus was driving was travelling along highway 417 and landed in a ditch. My thoughts go out to the Bolus family and friends and I hope the 15 year old is able to fully recover from this accident.

The cause of the accident is unknown at this time. The accident is under investigation. If you have any information, please contact the OPP. The OPP are asking for witnesses to help determine what caused the accident. The police are asking anyone who witnessed the accident or have any information to call the SDG detachment at 1-888-310-1122 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Any information you can help with can be tremendously helpful when it comes to figuring out why this accident on Highway 417 occurred.  It may also help prevent future accidents.

 


Ottawa injury lawyers David Hollingsworth and Associates share cycling safety tips for cyclists of all ages.

Ottawa Cycling Accidents

The kids are out on their bikes and summer is finally here. This can also means an increase in the number of bicycle related accidents.  Ottawa Police recently targeted bicycle safety infractions in Ottawa with a goal of educating people and enforcing  the rules of the road. Read more about this initiative here  https://www.ottawainjury.ca/lawyers/ottawa-personal-injury-accidents/ottawa-personal-injury-lawyers-happy-to-see-ottawa-police-focusing-on-cycling-safety/ and the results were astonishing.

The Ministry of Transportation has put out some great resources and safety tips for cyclists of all ages.

They offer FREE cycling guides that can be immediately downloaded.

The Ministry has produced a detailed handbook of rules and safety standards for all riders entitled “Cycling Skills: Ontario’s Guide to Safe Cycling” and the “Young Cyclist’s Guide” , which is a handbook designed for younger riders that deals specifically with cycling safety tips and rules for children on bicycles.  I highly urge you to take a look and if possible download these guides to share with your children.

There are rules and regulations when it comes to bicycle use. In Ontario, bicycles do not require registration, plates, or  insurance.  Anyone is allowed to ride a bicycle; however, the rules of the road to apply to bicycles. For instance,  a cyclist must share the road with other vehicles.

Under the HTA, the Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act a bicycle is a vehicle, just like any other vehicle such as a car and cyclists must obey  all traffic laws. Cyclists must also be responsible drivers and must obey rules surrounding bicycles. For example, on a regular bicycle, it is illegal to transport a passenger , when the bicycle is meant for one person only.

In Ontario, all cyclists must stay as close as possible to the right edge of the road , unless otherwise indicated. In some instances, there may be designated bike lanes that are not immediately to the right . Cyclists in Ontario cannot ride their bicycles on most highways ( Ontario’s 400-series highways) and cyclists must not drive across a road within a pedestrian crossover . The rules in Ontario are that cyclists  must walk their bicycles to the other side of the crossover.

Ontario law states that every cyclist under the age of 18 years must wear an approved helmet and for cyclists under the age of16 years old, it is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to ensure their child is wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle. The helmet must also fit properly to offer as much protection as possible.

While not mandatory for adults, as an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I strongly urge all adults to wear a helmet while cycling. Helmets are not compulsory for adults, but in my opinion,  the use of a helmet may very well save your life.  There are plenty of cycling resources out there and the Ministry of Transportation is just one of them, but a good one, so I thought I would share it with you.  Have a great, safe summer of cycling.

 


Ottawa injury lawyer David Hollingsworth on water safety. Is your pool complying with Ottawa by-laws?

Ottawa Bylaws and Pool safety

Its looks like its going to be an incredibly hot weekend this weekend. I hope you all have a chance to cool off. If you plan on heading to a  pool, beach or river, Please do so safely.  I was on the Red Cross website and found some amazing resources that relate to water safety. Here are just a few recommendations

  • Learn to swim and learn safety techniques. Even if you are an adult, it isn’t too late.
  • Know where you are swimming.  Don’t swim in unknown waters.
  • Don’t swim beyond your ability.
  • Never swim alone.
  • When swimming in the ocean, be cognizant of the fact that tides and currents are present.
  • Know the signs of hypothermia and how to treat hypothermia.
  • Always supervise children at all times.
  • Make sure your pool is properly fenced in and ensure gates have self-locking latches. Check your lock repeatedly.
  • Communicate pool rules to any guests .
  • Keep a first aid kit close by.

Did you know?

Children ages 1 to 4 and men ages 15 to 44 have the highest rate of drowning fatalities.
• Drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional death for Canadian children ages 1-4.
• It only takes a second to  disappear
A person can drown in only a few centimetres of water
Each year there are many near-death drownings that result in hospitalization and varying degrees of brain damage.
• Infants and toddlers  mainly drown  in bathtubs and pools. Older children and youth drown mainly in large bodies of water.
The City of Ottawa’s By-laws have recently changed when  it comes to pool enclosures:

Every enclosure must be at least 1.5 metres (5 ft) in height and comply with the minimum construction specifications detailed in Ottawa’s By-law which include:

  • Chain link construction with links no greater than 38 mm (1.5 in)
  • Vertical board construction
  • New specifications for other fence materials that have become more popular such as wrought iron, aluminum or vinyl construction
  • A fence, wall or other structure that provides an equivalent enclosure.

All openings through or under the fence must be of a size to prevent the passage of a 100 mm or 4 inches spherical object.  An enclosure cannot be located less than 1 m (3 ft) from the nearest surface that is wet of the pool.

I have written a few other posts on water safety. If you wish to read more click https://www.ottawainjury.ca/lawyers/ottawa-personal-injury-accidents/ottawa-lawyer-david-hollingsworth-on-boating-safety-and-national-water-safety-week/

Please for your safety and the safety of others, be particularly aware around water.  Even people who know how to swim die every year. Have a great safe and happy weekend !

 


Ottawa cycling accident Smyth road and Russell roads sends woman to Ottawa hospital with internal injuries and pelvic injuries

Ottawa Cycling Accident Lawyer…

Sadly another Ottawa cycling accident has occurred. A Ottawa bicyclist suffered severe injuries this  morning after being hit  between Smyth road and Russell road. It was reported in the Ottawa Citizen that the Ottawa cyclist is a 26 year old female and that she was rushed to a Ottawa hospital with serious internal injuries and injuries to her pelvic. Thankfully , she is in stable condition at this time. I wish her a full recovery from this accident and I hope her injuries are not life-long. The Ottawa police are investigating this Ottawa cycling accident.  If you witnessed the accident or have any information that could help, please contact the Ottawa Police.

This is the second day in a row we have had bad cycling accidents in Ottawa. Please drivers and cyclists be aware of one another and be extra cautious as we share our Ottawa roads. We need to reduce the number of cycling accidents in Ottawa !