More vehicles the reason for Avalon traffic mess, says lawyer

Ches Crosbie
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All of us who contend with the traffic snarls in an around St. John’s would probably agree that traffic today is substantially worse than it was five years ago. I recently discovered one reason why.

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The number of motor vehicle registrations in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2007 was 417,903. In 2012, the last year for which the statistics are available, the number of registrations was 568,487.

These statistics were provided to me by the Department of Transportation. This represents a 36 per cent increase over a five-year period.

In the same five-year period, the total number of collisions went from 7,212 to 9,474 — a 31 per cent increase over five years.

Injuries increased from 2,037 island-wide, to 2,799 — a 27 per cent increase in the number of motor vehicle accident injuries in the five-year period to 2012.

Obviously, more vehicles on the roads spells more collisions and more injuries.

More vehicle registrations means more premium income for insurance companies, so maybe this keeps up with the payouts for accidents and injuries. Or do I see a premium increase around the corner?

— Chesley F. Crosbie is a St. John's based lawyer

Organizations: Department of Transportation

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John's

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  • gord
    February 21, 2014 - 22:37

    No brainer to explain some of the problem in my opinion. The license plates here in NL are issued to the vehicle instead of the owner therefore allowing all vehicles to keep their plate forever with no accountability. Lots of uninsured, unlicensed junks on the road with unlicensed/suspended drivers because the vehicle has a plate on it!

  • Jamie O'Flaherty
    February 11, 2014 - 10:11

    There's no doubt in my mind that the author's thoughts are a part of the reason for so many accidents on the Avalon, especially in the St. John's area. However, with all due respect to Mr. Crosbie, I believe he's missing the main points; which are lack of knowledge on how to drive in busy situations and the utter and total lack of respect for laws and rules of the road, both by so many drivers. I will bet that 20% of the drivers on the Avalon have no idea how to properly merge into traffic or if the vehicle is in the main lane, what they could / should do in the situation when a vehicle is in the merge lane. The funny part is, the city of St. John's wants to put in more roundabouts! I can't imagine what a mess that will be, where essentially you have 3 or 4 merges in a circle. Then you have the Outer Ring Raceway and the Trans Canada Dragstrip where all care and caution with speeds is out the back faster than a Timmy's cup out of the back of someone's pickup. For years, I drove the highways in and around Detroit, Montreal and Toronto in all weather and traffic situations, and St. John's area traffic scares the beejeezuz out of me. So I would invite Mr. Crosbie to share his thoughts on my points. Jamie