It’s the sight no driver wants to see: a car speeding towards you on the wrong side of the road. Rafael Martinez saw it a few days ago on Stoney Trail in Calgary, and his dashcam filmed it. Fortunately he had the presence of mind to veer to the right and lessen the impact of the collision. Still, the sight of the approaching car, and the sound of impact, are chilling.
If you look at collision statistics you’ll be aware that a good half of wrong-way collisions have one cause: driver impairment. It takes a lot to make a driver think he or she is on the correct side of the road when that’s not the case. Alcohol, sad, to say, is strong enough to do the job. The driver in question was arrested on suspicion of DUI after refusing to submit a breath test.
In the US the National Transportation and Safety Board studied wrong-way driving in an effort to find ways to prevent it. Their report noted that while wrong-way collisions are rare, they are more likely to cause fatalities and serious injuries than other types of collisions. The glancing blow seen here is not the usual outcome: most wrong-way crashes are head-on, with all the mayhem that that implies.
Just a reminder – a graphic visual reminder – of what drunk driving can do. Please help fight it.