Tillsonburg News - - OPINION -

efore cities de­cide whether to lower the speed limit on res­i­den­tial streets to 30 km/h from 50 km/h

— as Cal­gary is con­tem­plat­ing — let’s make sure they’ve done their home­work.

While it’s laud­able that road safety has been put on coun­cil’s radar, let’s make sure we’ve got the right solution for the right prob­lem.

Coun. druh Far­rell, who is lead­ing this ini­tia­tive, has a chart that says the faster the ve­hi­cle the more likely a col­li­sion with a pedes­trian is fa­tal. that’s the law of physics.

Coun. gian-Carlo Carra says res­i­dents keep ask­ing for lower speeds on res­i­den­tial streets. Who doesn’t?

let’s as­sess the size of the prob­lem, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est statistics from the al­berta gov­ern­ment. the 1,185 pedes­trian ca­su­al­ties amounted to just seven per cent of all ca­su­al­ties on the prov­ince’s roads in 2016. of the 299 fa­tal­i­ties, 50 or 16.7 per cent were pedes­tri­ans.

al­most 50 per cent of driv­ers in col­li­sions with pedes­tri­ans failed to yield to the vic­tim. but in 30.1 per cent of driver-pedes­trian col­li­sions, the driver did noth­ing wrong. one can only pre­sume that the pedes­trian did some­thing to en­dan­ger him or her­self.

in­deed, in 34.2 per cent of pedes­trian fa­tal­i­ties, the pedes­trian had con­sumed al­co­hol. in in­jury col­li­sions, nine per cent

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