Highway twinning could help reduce Nova Scotia traffic fatalities

Province currently has the second-highest traffic mortality rate in the country

The Nova Scotia government is considering a long-term plan to twin a number of highways in the province in order to make them safer, according to CBC News. While no definite plans have yet been put into place, the government says it is considering tolls as a way of funding highway twinning in the future. A number of highways in Nova Scotia, notably Highway 103, have been the scenes of deadly car collisions in recent years. The plan to twin some highways comes just months after federal figures showed that Nova Scotia has the second- highest traffic mortality rate in the country.

Highway deaths

As the Chronicle Herald reported late last year, Nova Scotia currently suffers from the second-highest rate of traffic deaths in the country. Transport Canada statistics show that there were 12 deaths for every 100,000 licensed drivers in the province, which was significantly higher than the national rate of 8.6. Saskatchewan was the only province that had a higher accident mortality rate.

Experts say that Nova Scotia's higher fatality rate is due to the fact that, outside of Halifax, much of the province remains rural and dependent on cars and highways. In more urbanized provinces, like Ontario and Quebec, car accidents in cities are likely to be at reduced speeds, thereby making fatalities less likely. On Nova Scotia's rural highways, however, collisions tend to be at higher speeds, thus increasing the danger to anybody involved in an accident.

Twinning project

One way of reducing the province's relatively high fatality rate may be by twinning some of the more notorious stretches of highways in the province. The provincial government recently announced that it would conduct a feasibility study into highway twinning, including whether tolls could help fund such a project.

By twinning dangerous highways, the chance of cars colliding is drastically reduced. Some safety activists, for example, have been lobbying to have Highway 103, where a number of fatal collisions have occurred in recent years, twinned for some time now. While the government admits that highway twinning will be a long-term project that won't be realized anytime soon, other less drastic measures, such as better winter maintenance, sign marking, and grading, were also highlighted in a recent study as ways to improve highway safety in the near-future.

Car accidents

As the above story shows, a car accident in Nova Scotia is often a serious event that can leave those involved with debilitating and even life-threatening injuries. Dealing with something so traumatic is never easy, but anybody involved in a crash should know that there is help available to them. A personal injury lawyer can assist accident victims during the difficult post-accident phase, including possibly seeking compensation to help cover the expenses and lost income that often arise due to an accident.