Posted Oct 13th 2012 6:00PM
Over one million vehicle collisions occur in Canada each year. According to the Ministry of Transportation's, Road Safety Annual Report (ORSAR) 2008, the fatality rate is lower than ever.
According to the report, Ontario has the the safest roads in North America. 2008 marked the lowest fatality rate ever recorded in the province – 0.70 per 10,000 licensed drivers. Traffic fatalities and injuries in collisions involving speeding, drinking and driving and large trucks are all on the decline, as are fatalities among pedestrians and cyclists.
This could be due to the ever raising awareness of safer driving practices, including billboard signs, ad campaigns, tightening speeding, stunting, racing and impaired driving laws. Perhaps it could be the steady advance of technology in our modern vehicles. All of these things may be helpful in our ever increasing search of safer roads and vehicles.
At the end of the day, the car is only really as safe as the driver is. Technology may aid in recovery, warning or reaction time but it is still up to the driver to initiate major corrections and steering inputs to the vehicle in the event of catastrophe. It's up to the driver to educate themselves and be aware of what can and will happen on our public roads, regardless of advanced technology or awareness.
Watch the video for safety tips from Nascar and an example of what may happen to you someday. It's good for thought and may save you or someone else's life someday.
News Source: ABC news via YouTube