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Why Vancouver's Gridlock is Making Drivers more Dangerous

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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A survey released earlier this week revealed that Vancouver is home to the worst traffic congestion in Canada.

OK, tell us something we don’t  already know.

Stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic, clenching our teeth, checking our watches and wondering how late the gridlock is going to make us.

It’s frustrating.

And it’s also incredibly dangerous.

You see, while you might not think it when you’re inching along the in stop- and-go traffic. But gridlock can be just as dangerous for drivers as accident hot spots like intersections.


Because traffic increases driver frustration. And frustrated drivers are dangerous drivers.

Be honest, how many times have you driven a little more recklessly after getting stuck in traffic?

Have you stepped on the gas to make up for lost time?

Pushed through that light that you’d have otherwise stopped for?

Tried to sneak through that gap you wouldn’t have dared approach on a normal day?

We’ve all been there.

But the more risks you take behind the wheel, the more you place other users of the road in dangers of being injured in a car accident.

Think about it.

If you’re trying to make up for lost time you’re not paying as much attention to the dangers that surround you on the streets of  BC’s Lower Mainland.

You’re not shoulder checking for cyclists. Thinking about the pedestrian that might be step out into a crosswalk. Or making sure that intersection is clear before you run that yellow light.

The bottom line is you’re a danger to yourself and other users of the road.

It’s a real problem for motorists here in Vancouver.

Research shows the average driver loses 87 hours a year to delays caused by traffic congestion. That’s 87 hours of frustration which threatens to throw safety out the window.

So please, next time you’re stuck in gridlock remember to take a deep breath.  \

Better to be few minutes late than suffer from a lifetime of regrets.

Jeff Witten

McComb Witten Personal Injury Lawyers

Category: Car Accidents

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