The sad truth is that these deaths and injuries on the Malahat could have been prevented because crashes don’t just happen.
In police work, we know what causes traffic collisions: Driver error — approximately 90 per cent of all collisions involved an error on the part of at least one of the drivers;
Speed — approximately 6.2 per cent of all collisions involved at least one driver travelling at a speed too great for the given conditions. This jumps to 26.4 per cent for fatal collisions;
Driver condition — 3.9 per cent of all collisions involved at least one driver who had a physical condition that contributed to the collision (i.e. drug- or alcohol- impaired, fatigued, medical problem). This figure jumps to 28.8 per cent for fatal collisions.
Everyone must share in the responsibility to reduce the number and type of collisions that occur on our roadways.