There have been two more road deaths this weekend, bringing the number this year to eight, or more than one a month.
Jeremy Deacon at Bermuda Blue raised this issue earlier this month, pointing out that if there had been six murders (to that date), there would have been a public uproar, yet people accept road deaths as just one of those things. Update: Here’s Jeremy’s latest on this.
Dr Joe Froncioni has made some eminently sensible, research-based recommendations on this which no government has seen fit to take up.
Froncioni is the man who helped to push through mandatory seat belt wearing which has reduced deaths and serious injuries in car collisions (they are almost never “accidents”)dramatically. No one has done more to make our roads safer than him. No one has received so little recognition either.
His proposals, for roadside sobriety rests, random road checks and zero tolerance for drink driving would go a long way to ending the deaths and crippling injuries. He has also pushed against the hospital and medical establishment to make emergency room physicians record and report when people injured in collisions have been drinking or abusing an illegal substance.
Will these most recent deaths be enough to wake up the powers that be? Let’s hope so.