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Halifax’s road safety inaction is killing people

Five years ago, Halifax set a goal of reducing injuries and deaths from traffic collisions. But the numbers involving pedestrians and cyclists are going in the opposite direction.

By Martin Bauman

“Numbers never lie,” the Mexican-American novelist Luis Alberto Urrea wrote in The Devil’s Highway, “they simply tell different stories depending on the math of the tellers.” When Halifax premiered its Road Safety Dashboard in 2020, two years into a long-term plan to eliminate traffic-related injuries and deaths on the region’s streets, the intent was not only to gather better road data across the HRM, but also for those numbers to hold regional councillors and staff accountable in their shared goal of safer streets...

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