Comment 39493

By matthewsweet (registered) | Posted April 06, 2010 at 20:51:31

Every accident is caused by multiple contributing necessary factors that reinforce each other to traffic effect. We've explored this idea in detail in other articles.

However, a necessary corollary to this is the fact that if you remove a necessary factor in a causal chain, you break the chain. There would be much fewer high speed collisions resulting in injuries and deaths if our road network was not optimized for high speed automotive travel.

Once again, and if I haven't been clear about this I apologize, but I agree with everything that is being said here. I just don't understand why the blog post uses two collisions that involved the police, which in your words is a contributing necessary factor in these collisions but must also be acknowledged as a rare or special condition which distorts the impact of all other factors. There are plenty of good arguments and good case studies against the current state of traffic engineering and road safety in Hamilton. Why bother bringing in cases which can be so easily questioned? It only weakens your argument overall. That is my concern. The blog post in my mind smacks of tunnel vision, seeing only the issue you choose to see and ignoring the circumstances. Make your point well (as RTH so often does), or don't try to make it at all.

Comment edited by transitstudent on 2010-04-06 19:51:48

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