Time to Change the Way We Think About Cars?
How many Canadians were killed in car accidents from 1999 to 2008?
Believe it or not 28,000.
And over this same time frame 186,000 drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists were hospitalized.
That’s a whole lot of hurt!
And all these accidents don’t come cheap. Transport Canada estimates that car accidents cost Canadians $63 billion dollars per year.
So why all the numbers?
To demonstrate the devastation that cars cause.
Surprised? Maybe not.
After all, anyone who’s picks up a newspaper or turns on a TV can tell you that car accidents happen.
But does that mean we should be OK with the status quo?
Should we simply accept that motor vehicle accidents are part of everyday life?
Here’s the thing. Canadians are obsessed with automobiles. To the extent that we’re blinkered when it comes to public safety.
So, no matter what the cost ( both human and economic), we’ll continue to put cars before people.
It’s crazy when you think about. Especially when a few simple changes could produce dramatic results.
From pedestrian bridges to lower speed limits via tougher laws and improved safety technology; countries like the UK and Sweden are showing that it’s possible to significantly cut the number of people who are killed and injured each year as a result of car accidents.
And there’s nothing stopping us from doing the same here in Canada.
The solution is simple.
Invest in better roads, safer cars and stricter regulation and you can dramatically reduce the carnage on our roads. Maybe even eradicate injuries and deaths altogether.
All it takes is for Canadians to change the way we think about cars. To stop tolerating the collateral damage and blindly accepting that accidents will inevitably happen.
Is that really too much to ask?
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