The Humboldt tragedy reminds us of the astonishing level of carnage on our roads

The deaths of 15 people in one collision in Saskatchewan remind us of the dangers of modern driving. We’ve done a lot to reduce the rate of death on our roads.

Vehicles are better designed and emergency services are faster and more effective in their response. But even on a day when a transport truck doesn’t collide with a bus full of hockey players, five Canadians die in motor-vehicle incidents. That works out to almost 2,000 deaths a year, plus more than 160,000 injuries. If that were happening as a result of any other activity, Canadians would demand inquiries and inquests, insist on solutions and improvements, and change their own behaviour. But for some reason driving is our giant blind spot.

Unless it’s an extraordinary event like what happened in Saskatchewan, we barely notice the carnage. Eventually, technology will make collisions a lot less likely. But until then, we should do everything we can to drive better and make our roads safer.

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