Good things happen slowly, but bad things happen fast

Good things happen slowly, but bad things happen fast

Speed – always an issue in road concerns – can be catastrophic in pedestrian/vehicle collisions.

According to a report in the Toronto Star newspaper, a pedestrian hit by a car going 30km per hour (18 mph), has a 5% chance of dying from his injuries. The likelihood of fatality goes to 85% when a vehicle is moving at 50 kph (31 mph).
Those statistics are bad enough, but who drives just 50 kph? Most people admit to habitually driving over the speed limit … and an astonishing number of us do that while doing other things.

There’s a saying I find I use all the time:

“Good things happen slowly, but bad things happen fast.”

As a pedestrian, the single best thing you can do is to ensure to realize what’s at play on our roads today. We need to remember that distraction has been added to the mix of ‘usual suspects’: speed and alcohol and inattention.

Take this into account when you’re going out. You were probably taught to drive defensively; these days you now have to walk defensively.

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