Tuesday, 7 April 2009


The total number of fatal collisions from January to March has decreased by 5.5 percent, which means 12 fewer deaths compared to the same wintery period in 2008.

In a press release, OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino says the decline is due to the fact that people are getting the message about not drinking and driving.

"The good news is that alcohol-related fatalities are down from ten in the first three months of 2008 to just one so far this year," he says.

Really? This three month decline is due to people "getting the message"? And what research did we do to corroborate that fact?

The decline in fatalities would have nothing to do with fewer cars being on the roads due to rising unemployment?

I have definitely noticed that there are fewer cars on the road during the normal rush hour commutes. Would not fewer cars on the road mean fewer collisions between said cars?

It would be nice if people were being more responsible with their alcohol and their driving. But I'm cynical that this is the sole reason that there are fewer accidents so far this year. People don't suddenly change en mass for no reason.


Ken Breadner said...

You're both right. The decline in collisions is certainly a byproduct of fewer cars on the road. But a 90% decrease in ALCOHOL-RELATED fatalities, in my mind at least, can't simply be dismissed as few unemployed lushes on the road...
Now if only people would "get the message" about driving according to conditions.

Catelli said...

Apparently alcohol sales are down too...

But either way, I suspect its a temporary condition.