Fast times on At­lantic Canada’s high­ways

As­sess­ing the toll that comes with ‘get­ting there quicker’

Sackville Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - BY SARA ERIC­S­SON SALTWIRE NET­WORK

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.

ASH­LEY THOMP­SON/SALTWIRE NET­WORK

Sgt. An­drew Buckle with the Nova Sco­tia RCMP uses a LIDAR unit to catch speed­ers.

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