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A grim reminder

It’s a tragedy that so many lives have been lost and yet people continue to ignore the lesson to be learned.

Most recently, a 43-year-old man lost his life in a crash early Sunday morning after the car he was travelling in rolled over on Rossland Road and Gibbons Street in Oshawa. The passenger in the vehicle wasn’t wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the car as it rolled.

According to data from statistics Canada, over the last 25 years, seat belt usage has increased to approximately 95 per cent. Yet, that still leaves a large collection of drivers not wearing the life-saving restraint, and for what purpose? It’s estimated that approximately 300 lives a year could be saved just by using seat belts.

It’s proven that seat belts, in the event of a crash, can cut your risk of death or serious injury nearly in half, yet some Canadians choose not to buckle up.

The sad part is, this isn’t the only potentially deadly driving habit that Canadians need to kick to the curb.

In the same collision that killed the 43-year-old earlier in the week, the 25-year-old driver of the car was found to be impaired. For years, the Durham Regional Police have continued to push the message about impaired driving, yet it seems to be falling on deaf ears. Over the May long weekend alone, police arrested seven people in a single night for driving while impaired.

It is just unacceptable.

These risky driving behaviours not only endanger yourself, but everyone on Durham’s roads. And now, another man has lost his life. It’s time for all of us to work together to be a part of this solution.

It’s a small percentage of people that make these terrible decisions, but one of those people could be pulling up to you at the stop light on your commute home. We all need to share the message with our family, with our friends and neighbours to ensure that we do our part in spreading the word.

If we all start to voice our concerns to those around us, the better chance it will reach the ears of someone who needs to hear it. Perhaps before it’s too late.