Current Road Safety Concerns

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(June 2019) As many Midland employees are on the road every day, we are highly devoted to road safety initiatives. Last month, we celebrated #NationalRoadSafetyWeek and highlighted the role our Fleet Safety team plays in ensuring safe driving practices among our drivers. This month, we cover an important topic for professional drivers and commuters alike by looking into the most prominent issues facing road safety in 2019.  

 

Distracted Driving
Technology is great! It allows us to stay informed, connect with peers and loved ones, navigate unfamiliar territory, and provides an unlimited source of information. On the road, however, distracted driving (especially with regards to cellphones) has quickly become the main contributor to road incidents. In fact, distracted driving was reported to play a part in nearly 80% of road collisions last year.

 

Impaired Driving
With the legalization of recreational cannabis, we should be reminded of the effects of impaired driving. The National Institute on Drug Abuse found that cannabis impairs judgment, motor coordination, and reaction time. For this reason, it is extremely dangerous to drive while under the influence of cannabis or any other substance with impairing effects.

 

Aggressive Driving 
Life happens and we’re all glad instant coffee, fast food, and power bars exist. Driving recklessly or aggressively to make up for lost time is never a good idea.  Speeding, running red lights, tailgating, and weaving in and out of traffic are all examples of reckless driving that put more than just yourself at risk. Other road users, construction workers, and pedestrians are all put in danger when someone decides to drive irresponsibly. Statistics Canada shows that 27% of fatalities and 19% of serious injuries on the road are caused as a result of reckless driving.

 

The good news? Since 2016, the Canada Council for Motor Transport Administration has been working through a comprehensive road safety strategy titled “Towards Zero: The Safest Roads in the World”. This plan is designed to combat the emerging issues through public awareness and encouraging compliance with laws pertaining to road safety. 

 

 

For more information about road safety, visit the links below:  
www.cacp.ca/canada-road-safety-week.html?mid=437

www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/substance-use/talking-about-drugs/driving-impaired-drug.html

www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/does-marijuana-use-affect-driving

www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving
roadsafetystrategy.ca/files/RSS-2025-Report-January-2016-with%20cover.pdf

www.tc.gc.ca/eng/motorvehiclesafety/tp-tp15145-1201.htm#s32