Province Getting Tough on Dangerous Behaviour by Drivers

first_imgThe province is making our roads safer. Amendments introduced today, Nov. 16, to the Motor Vehicle Act will toughen penalties for using a hand-held cellphone while driving and street racing. “Nova Scotians expect their government to take every step possible to decrease risky behaviour on our roads,” said Bill Estabrooks, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “By increasing penalties for those who exhibit dangerous behaviour, we are making our roads safer.” The proposed changes to the cellphone legislation will double fines for those caught using a hand-held cellphone while driving and the loss of four demerit points. The fines, range from about$225 to $570. Nova Scotia became the second province to ban hand-held cellphone use while driving in 2008. Since that time, more than 8,300 tickets have been issued. The second amendment to the act will increase penalties for street racing, including a one-year licence suspension for a first conviction, three-years for a second offence and a 10-year suspension for a third conviction. Up to six demerit points will also be assigned to a driver’s records. Actions such as engaging in a race, chasing another vehicle, and driving 50 kilometres per hour, or more, over the posted speed limit are considered street racing or stunt driving. “Some of the things police are reporting on our highways are like a bad video game come to life,” said Mr. Estabrooks. “It’s important that we underline that such behaviour is unacceptable.”last_img read more

Veteran entertainer Barry Chuckle dies aged 73

The Chuckle Brothers on ‘New Faces’, an ITV talent show, in 1975 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Barry Chuckle, the television entertainer famous for his role in the children’s comedy show ‘ChuckleVision’, has died at home aged 73. The star, whose real name was Barry Elliott, performed with his brother Paul as the comedy duo the Chuckle Brothers.He died after a short period of ill health which began while filming a new TV series. In an emotional tribute, his brother said: “I’ve not just lost my brother, I’ve lost my theatrical partner of many, many years and my very best friend.”The pair, who are both from Rotherham, starred in Chucklevision between 1987 and 2009. The show ran to almost 300 episodes.They had recently made a TV comeback on Channel 5 clip show Chuckle Time, which saw them perform comedy sketches and introduce humorous online videos from members of the public. Filming of another new programme was stopped this year, after Chuckle’s doctor requested that he rested, but his health deteriorated throughout the summer.His agent said yesterday that he had said “it was just like the wonderful days of filming ChuckleVision for BBC One”.Paul Chuckle’s wife Sue posted on her husband’s Twitter account to say that he was “devastated” and that “he knows Barry would be so happy to know how much he was loved”. Tributes from the world of entertainment poured in online. Rapper Tinchy Stryder, who had collaborated with the brothers on a charity single in 2014, described Chuckle as a “Funny, down to earth, super cool, talented, humble legend”. A message on the official Bafta Twitter page said: “We’re deeply saddened to learn of the death of Barry Elliott, known as Barry Chuckle.”David Walliams, who had worked with the brothers on various sketches, described him as one-half of “the last link to the British Musical Hall tradition that gave us Stan Laurel & Charlie Chaplin.”  Credit: Photo by ITV/REX/Shutterstock (509209ki) CHUCKLE BROTHERS IN 'NEW FACES' - 1975 ITV archive New Faces was a Television talent show produced by ATV for ITV, which originally ran from 1973 to 1978 and which was revived in 1986. It was responsible for launching the careers of, amongst others, Lenny Henry, Victoria Wood, Les Dennis and the Chuckle Brother read more