2011 was one of Waterloo’s worst years. Seven people were killed and many were severely injured in seven fatal accidents at random locations. These many deaths have not happened in almost 10 years. Six out of seven were single vehicle crashes. Only one happened at an intersection where two cars collided. About half of the deaths involved alcohol and drugs. Among the fatal crashes were a motorcycle passenger, a pedestrian, and a tractor driver. One fatality was due to a diabetic attack. Almost all of the deaths happened at non-intersection random locations. Six out of seven accidents involved only one vehicle. We are well into the 21st century and we die of such tragic preventable sudden deaths. What is happening to us as a society? What is causing all these deaths? Are we over-confident? Are we inattentive? Do we need more traffic safety education? Are we not aware of the dangers? Alcohol? Are traffic safety campaigns mis-directed? When fatal crashes are single-vehicles happening at random locations the burden lays almost entirely on the drivers’ shoulders.
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