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No Accident

Eliminating Injury and Death on Canadian Roads

Neil Arason (author)

ISBN: 9781554589630

Publication Date: Apr 2014

Format: Paperback

Examines problems related to road safety and makes recommendations for the way forward. Topics include types of drivers; human-related driving errors; pedestrians, cyclists, and public transit; road engineering; motor vehicle regulation; auto safety design; and collision-avoidance technologies.
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It is possible to eliminate death and serious injury from Canada's roads. In other jurisdictions, the European Union, centres in the United States, and at least one automotive company aim to achieve comparable results as early as 2020. In Canada, though, citizens must turn their thinking on its head and make road safety a national priority.

Since the motor vehicle first went into mass production, the driver has taken most of the blame for its failures. In a world where each person's safety is dependent on a system in which millions of drivers must drive perfectly over billions of hours behind the wheel, failure on a massive scale has been the result. When we neglect the central role of the motor vehicle as a dangerous consumer product, the result is one of the largest human-made means for physically assaulting human beings. It is time for Canadians to embrace internationally recognized ways of thinking and enter an era in which the motor vehicle by-product of human carnage is relegated to history.

No Accident examines problems related to road safety and makes recommendations for the way forward. Topics include types of drivers; human-related driving errors related to fatigue, speed, alcohol, and distraction and roads; pedestrians, cyclists, and public transit; road engineering; motor vehicle regulation; auto safety design; and collision-avoidance technologies such as radar and camera-based sensors on vehicles that prevent crashes. This multi-disciplinary study demystifies the world of road safety and provides a road map for the next twenty years.

Pages 300
Dimensions 229 x 152 x 25
Date Published 30 Apr 2014
Publisher Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Subject/s Transport: general interest   Social services & welfare, criminology   Automotive technology & trades   Public health & preventive medicine  
  • No Accident: Eliminating Injury and Death on Canadian Roads by Neil Arason
  • List of Illustrations
  • Foreword Ralph Nader
  • Acknowledgements
  • Author's Note
  • Prologue
  • Chapter 1: I Know Your Type
  • Chapter 2: The State of Affairs
  • Chapter 3: The Ethical City
  • Chapter 4: The Finished Road
  • Chapter 5: Regulating One of the World's Most Dangerous Consumer Products
  • Chapter 6: Vehicles That Protect People from Injuries
  • Chapter 7: The Vehicle That Would Not Crash
  • Chapter 8: The Silent War
  • Notes
  • Index
Neil Arason is a member of the Road Safety Research and Policies Standing Committee of the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators. He has contributed to numerous publications and studies, and is co-chair of a national task force on pedestrian safety. He believes that if we take serious steps now, deaths and severe injuries from our roads can be eliminated by 2035.

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