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Pedestrian Safety - No Price is Too High

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
Personal Injury Lawyer at McComb Witten Marcoux

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3/7/2014
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$7.5 million dollars.

That’s a lot of coin.

It’s enough to live the high life. Pay Roberto Luongo’s salary for a year. Or, if you’re Vancouver City Council, to make the streets a little safer for pedestrians.

What am I talking about?  

Yesterday, Mayor Gregor Robertson announced that Vancouver has spent $7.5 million on improving pedestrian safety over the past year. And he also revealed that the city is going to bring 44 of Vancouver’s accident hot spots up to scratch by the end of the year. (http://metronews.ca/news/vancouver/964130/vancouver-spends-7-5-million-to-improve-pedestrian-safety/)

It sounds like boat loads of our tax dollars are being spent on pedestrian safety.

So let me ask you this.

Why? 

I’ll tell you why. It’s because Vancouver’s pedestrians are being seriously injured and killed at a frightening rate.

According to ICBC an average of 562 pedestrians are injured and nine killed every year on Vancouver’s streets.

Let me say that again …. 562 injured and 9 killed.

That’s simply unacceptable.

Now, this investment is a step in the right direction. But money alone won’t help reduce the rate at which pedestrians are being struck on our streets.

What would? Getting drivers to take more responsibility for their actions.

So why don’t they?

It doesn’t help that some of our city’s senior figures are attempting to shift the blame away from motorists.

Alongside Mayor Robertson’s announcement both ICBC’s John Dickinson and Vancouver Police Chief John Chu spoke to reporters.

So what did they say?

Did they criticize drivers for causing all these pedestrian accidents?

No. They attempted to do the “politically correct thing” and spread the blame equally among pedestrians and motorists.

How sad!

Here’s the thing. A car is a deadly weapon. It’s capable of maiming and killing pedestrians.

Isn’t it time we started demanding that drivers take responsibility rather than trying to pass the buck?



Category: Pedestrian Accidents


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