Eliminating Injury and Death on Canadian RoadsBook - 2014
It is possible to eliminate death and serious injury from Canada's roads. In other jurisdictions, the European Union, centres in the United States, and at least one automotive company aim to achieve comparable results as early as 2020. In Canada, though, citizens must turn their thinking on its head and make road safety a national priority.
Since the motor vehicle first went into mass production, the driver has taken most of the blame for its failures. In a world where each person's safety is dependent on a system in which millions of drivers must drive perfectly over billions of hours behind the wheel, failure on a massive scale has been the result. When we neglect the central role of the motor vehicle as a dangerous consumer product, the result is one of the largest human-made means for physically assaulting human beings. It is time for Canadians to embrace internationally recognized ways of thinking and enter an era in which the motor vehicle by-product of human carnage is relegated to history.
No Accident examines problems related to road safety and makes recommendations for the way forward. Topics include types of drivers; human-related driving errors related to fatigue, speed, alcohol, and distraction and roads; pedestrians, cyclists, and public transit; road engineering; motor vehicle regulation; auto safety design; and collision-avoidance technologies such as radar and camera-based sensors on vehicles that prevent crashes. This multi-disciplinary study demystifies the world of road safety and provides a road map for the next twenty years.
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"In the last ten years in Canada, automobile carnage has produced 28,000 deaths and over 186,000 hospitalizations (p. 266)." "... a death is often not counted if it takes place in a parking lot, on a driveway, on a forest road, on a privately owned road ... Children who are killed by a car backing up on a driveway are generally not counted in this data set ... The result is that the real numbers of deaths attributed to the failed traffic system are significantly higher than official counts (p. 259)." "Road crashes, according to a report by Transport Canada, are estimated to cost Canada approximately $63 billion each year (p. 10)." "... we now have enough information and evidence to show that we can manage road fatality and injury rates downward and to ZERO. We know from other countries that our road safety performance can be much better and is directly tied to the priority we give it (p. 275)."
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