Per capita, Canada is doubling the amount of winter road fatalities as compared to Sweden, considering population
A recent article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ)Joe suggests that Canada could learn a thing from Sweden when it comes to road safety. When compared to Sweden, the numbers speak for themselves: per capita, Canada doubles Sweden in winter driving fatalities.
“Each week more than a couple dozen Canadians get into their motor vehicle and do not emerge alive,” Dr. Donald Redelmeier, co-author of an editorial published Monday in the CMAJ, said.
“Canada does not fare well compared with some countries that have snowy winters, with twice as many population-adjusted traffic deaths as Sweden,” reads the editorial. “This is unacceptable.”
Winter tires, all-wheel drive, seasonal road speed limits, and other tips, have been offered to help curb the amount of winter road fatalities that occur.
Other suggested measures include:
• Stringent road maintenance standards tailored to local weather conditions
• Government oversight of road service companies to ensure adherence
• Mandatory legislation requiring winter tires in specific provinces, as in Quebec
• Seasonal speed limits and enforcement
• Public education about safe winter driving
If we are trying to improve winter road safety, what is the most important part to focus on?
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