After four collisions occurred in Ottawa over the last week, the Ottawa Safety Council (OSC), is urging drivers to slow down and follow the rules of the road.
On April 13, a Manotick collision involving pedestrians left one person dead and another in hospital with serious injuries. Then on April 15, a pedestrian was hit and killed by a vehicle that fled the scene in Westboro. That same day, a cyclist was hit by a vehicle and is left clinging to life.
According to Parachute Canada, Motor vehicle collisions are the second leading cause of injury hospitalizations and third-leading cause of unintentional injury deaths in Canada. Speeding is a contributing factor in one in four fatal crashes in Canada.
It doesn’t need to be this way. Up to 90 per cent of motor vehicle collisions are preventable. Reducing vehicle speed has been proven to be effective in preventing crashes and reducing the severity of injuries. At a speed of 30 km/h, vehicles and pedestrians are both relatively safe; drivers have sufficient time to stop for pedestrians and pedestrians can make better crossing decisions.
Here’s why speeding matters:
· Hit by a vehicle traveling 30km/ hr 9/10 pedestrians survive
· When the vehicle is going 50km/h 5 /10 pedestrians survive
· When the vehicle is going 65km /h 1/ 10 pedestrians survive
Even small reductions in speed can be significant. For each 1.6 km/h reduction in average speed, collisions are reduced by five per cent. (Parachute Canada)
These recent tragedies on our roads in Ottawa are a reminder for us all to all take a more proactive role in making our roads safer.
Here’s how everyone can TAKE ACTION on making roads safer:
1. Take the OSC’s Road SMARTS Pledge here
2. Be a safer road user, no matter how you get around our city. Find FREE resources for kids, parents, teachers, and the general public here
3. Obey the OSC Crossing Guard in school zones to help keep children safe
The Ottawa Safety Council