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The latest edition of Ontario's rejected license plates has been revealed, giving us a glimpse into some of the creative, witty, funny, and just downright weird combinations people were looking to put on the front and back of their vehicles in 2022.

Any driver looking for a personalized license plate in Ontario can get one online, but understandably, there are a number of rules to keep things PG, and the process itself will cost you over $300.

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To say Thursday's weather conditions didn't make for smooth sailing for Ontario drivers would be a big understatement. Motorists were hit with a trifecta of snow, rain and ice that travel became dangerous for even the most experienced behind the wheel.

And, it didn't take long for the icy weather to start messing up everyone's commute either, with the slippery conditions causing a 17-car pile-up in the Niagara Region on Thursday morning, according to The Weather Network (TWN).

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Anyone who's ever travelled on Highway 401 knows that dangerous driving is a very real issue in Ontario, and officials say it's only getting worse.

On Thursday, Sergeant Kerry Schmidt of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) warned drivers that officers have seen an increase in "every single driving characteristic" that cause death or injury in 2022.

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Some Ontario drivers really like to put the pedal to the metal when they're out on the roads.

In a new study conducted by DIG Insights for CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO), 58% of drivers confessed to dangerous driving behaviours while a whopping 98% have seen unsafe driving on the province's roads in the last year. Yikes.

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Ontario commercial vehicle drivers were allegedly caught several times using FaceTime and watching YouTube after Ontario Provincial Police finished a three-day traffic program.

On June 4, the Leeds Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation announced the findings of their joint initiative, which focused on cell phones and seat belts. The program lasered in on drivers of commercial motor vehicles.

East Region police tweeted, "Drivers were observed on phones, using FaceTime and watching YouTube."

Of 73 tickets issued, 37 were cell phone related, OPP reported. Fifteen tickets were issued for improper use of seat belts, and police said that 21 other tickets were issued but did not specify what kind.

The OPP issued a photo of police and Ontario Ministry of Transportation members and tweeted the hashtag "#PutDownThePhone."

Earlier in June, a truck driver was allegedly caught FaceTiming on Highway 401. The driver and his work company were issued several tickets with $2,100 in fines. Police said that they issued the tickets after checking the log book.

Distracted driving in Ontario has been on the rise over the past two decades, according to data from the province. Distracted driving deaths have doubled since 2000. Data gathered on collisions in Ontario from 2013 also suggest that one person is injured every half-hour because of distracted driving.

The provincial government estimates that a person using a cell phone is four times more likely to be in a car crash compared to someone who is focused on the road.