Fast times on Atlantic Canada’s highways
Assessing the toll that comes with ‘getting there quicker’
EDITOR’S NOTE: From Sackville, N.B., to St. Anthony, N.L., to Yarmouth, N.S., every highway has one thing in common: speeders.
Statistics from police are startling, as are the words of first-responders, left to deal with speed-related tragedies.
Join us for a three-part series as we take a look at this Need for Speed. Edward Island has the lowest at $796, with Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in second and third, with averages of $842 and $819.
Rates take into account additional factors, like a driver’s age and driving record but also factor in claims per capita for all kinds of accidents, says Howard.
“The simple thing is the higher claims mean higher risk, mean higher premiums. The insurance industry is extremely complex… But in general, the three maritime provinces are comparable.”
Tops, who works as a project manager and defensive driving expert with Safety Services Nova Scotia, says while he can only speak to Nova Scotia, he’s not at all surprised by what the data shows.
“Do I find these numbers surprising? Not at all – I think they may even be on the low side. Speeding has been normalized in Atlantic Canada,” he says.
Sgt. Andrew Buckle with the Nova Scotia RCMP uses a LIDAR unit to catch speeders.