Big city residents and visitors know firsthand the pace at which life moves in an urban environment. Commuters, locals and tourists are all trying to get where they want to go, usually as quickly as possible. When cars, trucks, transit vehicles, bikes and pedestrians mingle at high speed, sometimes the results are disastrous. In Ontario’s capital, a multi-year program, aimed at reducing the number of fatal motor vehicle accidents, has shown minimal results, despite a slew of new safety measures.
The 5-year, $80-million program has already seen hundreds of safety issues addressed across Toronto. City workers installed 400 reduced speed signs, upgraded markings at 317 intersections and increased the number of red light cameras to 149, among other projects. Unfortunately, the dividends have not appeared.
So far, in 2017, 20 people have lost their lives on the streets of Toronto, including 11 pedestrians, eight people in vehicles and one motorcyclist. By comparison, there were 77 traffic-related deaths in all of 2016, of which 43 were pedestrians, 27 were motorists and six were on motorcycles. Additionally, one cyclist was killed in an accident. The program is slated to continue targeting key areas, including school children, and distracted and aggressive drivers.
Although the ultimate goal of the program is to eliminate fatal motor vehicle accidents, that seems very unlikely to happen. Fatal accidents are terrible tragedies that rip holes out of families emotionally, and sometimes financially. Any person who has suffered the loss of a loved one in an accident in Ontario might want to speak with a personal injury lawyer about how to take steps toward compensation.
Source: Toronto Star, “Toronto traffic deaths remain high despite $80M safety push“, Ben Spurr, May 3, 2017