On a day set aside to remember people who were killed or seriously injured on Canada’s roadways, the RCMP is asking Nova Scotians to take a moment and remember.
Many collisions are preventable and are the result of drivers being impaired by alcohol or drugs, speeding and/or driving aggressively, driving while distracted, or failing to wear a seat belt.
When someone is killed or seriously injured in a collision, the impact is far reaching and devastating. Families, friends, and loved ones are impacted as are police officers who are often first on scene.
Halifax Metro Traffic Services member, Cst. Dan Pottie reflects about one of those times. “Sometimes people survive horrific crashes and you have a moment where you realize things could have been much different. I remember a really bad crash where the victims were wearing seat belts, and because of that, they walked away. Too often that’s not the case. Believe me, seat belts work.“
Cst. Bruce Myers of RCMP South Shore Traffic Services adds, “I’ll never forget the man who insisted he see his brother after he died at the scene of a crash. I have a brother and I can’t imagine seeing what that man had to see. He thanked me afterwards, and said he needed to do that in order to say goodbye. It was an emotional moment for both of us.”
• On average, five people die on Canada’s roads each day. Almost 1,900 people are killed each year, and almost another 149,000 are injured, 9,647 seriously
• The prevalence of drug impaired driving is now rivalling alcohol impaired driving
• Distracted driving is a growing safety concern and is not just about driving while texting. It could be reaching to get something, eating or changing the radio station. Anytime you take your eyes off the road , you are putting yourself and others on the road at risk.
Taking pause today and everyday to consider your own driving, you could save a life. We all have a responsibility to share the road with other drivers and to drive safely. If you see someone driving dangerously, call 911.
Source: Media Release