More sad news in Hamilton today as yet another person is killed in a traffic accident.
This is the seventh fatality due to traffic accidents in only the past two weeks.
Here at RTH we've long advocated for safer roads and a safer, more balanced transportation system. Imagine the swift and active response we'd get from council and the local police if these seven deaths were due to gun activity?
Sadly, this isn't new. Far more people die on Hamilton's roads every year than due to muggings or gun crimes.
A transport truck flew past me on York Blvd yesterday and I attempted to catch up to it to see how fast it was going, but called off my pursuit once I started pushing 70 km/hr. The truck was doing 80 easily.
Be very careful when you walk Hamilton's streets or send your kids out to play. For years safety experts and local citizens have been calling for slower speeds, fewer lanes, requirements that trucks use freeways instead of city streets, and untimed lights.
The fact that even the simplest of these suggestions continues to be ignored at City Hall is a good indication that nobody is watching out for your safety, so please be on guard and keep your family safe this summer.
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