People talk about worsening traffic, bad driver habits and daily road accidents in and around St. John’s the way they talk about the weather – everyone complains about it, but nobody does anything!
Maybe that’s about to change – in relation to traffic accidents anyway.
We all agree there is a problem. The Telegram had an Editorial on March 26, 2013 which observed:
On the Northeast Avalon, car accidents are an everyday occurrence; serious ones make the news almost every day, while the RNC warns about excessive speed and driver inattention.
Virtually every police officer interviewed on morning radio shows asks drivers to slow down. It is impossible to drive in the city without meeting drivers blithely talking into their cellphones and cars that apparently were never equipped with turn signals.
I can see readers nodding. The Telegram actually had some ideas about how to improve the situation.
Edmonton has established an Office of Traffic Safety which has applied – guess what – road safety science to dramatically reduce the number of collisions in a five-year period by 38%. Injuries and death came down from 5,513 in 2007, to 3,385 last year – and this with a population growth of 11%.
You can read some of the details of how Edmonton has done all this at the Telegram Editorial, or at the website of the Edmonton Office of Traffic Safety. It is based on collecting and understanding information, and acting on it. None of the solutions are beyond us here in St. John’s.
It’s time to stop complaining about the traffic and do something about it.