Driver Behaviour Requires Reduced Speed Limits

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In her latest article (“Crashes down, severity up”; London Free Press; 2007/01/09) Kelly Pedro quotes Sgt. Tom O’Brien (head of the city police traffic management unit) as saying that “My concern is that although the number of collisions may not be going up significantly, the seriousness of these collisions is getting graver.”

And Ms Pedro attributes him with blaming the more serious crashes on aggressive driving, drivers running red lights and impaired driving.

Driving is a privilege, not a right. And along with the privilege comes responsibilities. If significant numbers of drivers are becoming a danger to pedestrians and others, then it’s time to expect some leadership from the police and from the administration and politicians at City Hall.

A good place to start would be a reduction in the speed limit on all city streets, despite the inevitable wailing that would be sure to follow.

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