Protecting you and your family
It's a fact. 407 ETR is one of the safest highways in North America.
Here are a few of the ways we protect you and your family:
- Highway 407 is constructed to the highest design standards.
- New pavement surfaces (free from potholes). Damaged pavement and shoulder surfaces are quickly repaired.
- Pavement markings are maintained to the highest level. All markings are re-applied annually using special, high-quality paint with reflectorized beads.
- 407 ETR provides excellent nighttime visibility. The lighting system is maintained to the highest level to ensure on-going high performance and minimum outages.
- All roadside hazards are protected by the very latest safety systems. Any damaged facilities are repaired or replaced within 24 hours of an incident.
- All our highway signs use the highest quality, reflectorized materials. Any damaged or deteriorated signs are quickly repaired or replaced.
- The entire Highway 407 system, including all ramps, are routinely patrolled by Highway Operational staff. Our Safety Patrol is on duty 24/7 staff and extra Patrol staff is scheduled on weekdays to provide extra coverage during periods of peak traffic when practical to do so.
- Our Highway Operations Control Center monitors and records activities on the highway 24-hrs a day using closed-circuit television cameras along the highway, enabling us to detect incidents faster.
- All planned highway maintenance activities are done during off-peak traffic periods, especially nighttime, so that you don't get unnecessarily slowed down.
Even in the middle of a snowstorm, it's easy to see why 407 ETR is one of the safest highways in North America.
Here's a detailed listing of how we keep you safe during the winter months:
- 407 ETR's annual winter maintenance budget is over $5 million.
- 24-hour winter Road Patrol - including extra staff on duty on weekdays, from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., to provide extra coverage and help with highway operations and emergency services.
- 24-hour response call for equipment - our snowplow drivers actually live at 407 ETR Patrol Yards during the winter so they're ready to go within minutes.
- Our Highway Operations Control Centre is continuously monitoring weather data (including radar images, road and surface temperatures and moisture and chemical (salt) conditions) from Environment Canada and the Weather Network to anticipate road conditions. In addition, we operate four road weather information sites (Dundas St., Derry Road, Yonge Street and York/Durham Line) with online access.
- We constantly check all road surfaces and shoulders before, during and after winter storms, and taking any necessary action as quickly as possible.
- Winter fleet consists of over 60 trucks to plow snow, spread salt and spray salt brine.
- As part of our caring for the environment efforts, we have adopted a salt management plan to reduce the amount of salt used during winter storms.
- 407 ETR has invested in new hi-tech spreader equipment that will increase the performance/effectiveness of salt using anti-icing and pre-wetting processes.
- All 407 ETR Safety Patrol vehicles and new spreader trucks are equipped with GPS monitoring and computer displays of online weather outputs (including Environment Canada weather sites) to view actual on-road activities such as salting and plowing.
- Automated GPS salt applications - equipment spreads salt where and when required.
- For more information about safe winter driving practices, please visit www.snowplowsafety.ca.
R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) is a provincial enforcement campaign against impaired driving that started in 1977.
- The R.I.D.E. campaign is led by the policing community.
- The campaign involves spot checks where vehicles are stopped and drivers are checked for impairment.
- Spot checks are run throughout the year with increased presence during popular holidays.
- R.I.D.E. helps to educate drivers on the impacts of impaired driving.
- During the 2011-2012 OPP R.I.D.E campaign over 500 drivers were issued a Warn Range Suspension and over 650 drivers were charged with Impaired Driving.