Traffic deaths in province soar to highest level in five years

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82 killed on Nova Scotia highways in 2012

There have been 82 highway deaths in Nova Scotia this year - the highest since 2007.

HALIFAX – Police and government officials are expressing concern with the number of highway deaths in Nova Scotia this year.

So far in 2012, 82 people have been killed on Nova Scotia highways - the highest number in five years. Last year, there were 65 people killed.

Police believe distracted drivers is a major factor.

The Transportation Department is hoping the number is just an aberration and the number of fatalities will decrease in 2013.

Organizations: Transportation Department

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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  • Joe
    December 26, 2012 - 18:45

    I just read the comments above and almost laughed...I don't suppose texting, excessive speed and alcohol would have anything to do with these deaths?? Blame it on the Dept. of Transportation, it's easier to do that than own up to how reckless people have become behind the wheel of a car. I travel the 102 highway every weekday and the things I see are incredible....and this is all year round, and the last time I checked, there aren't many potholes on the 102. Another thing, people need to drive for weather conditions...slow down in bad weather and there would be less accidents.

  • C.r.
    December 26, 2012 - 14:04

    I believe it may have something to do with the lack of salting and plowing, lets save money instead of lives. Cheep government

  • Fed up
    December 26, 2012 - 10:11

    The snow plowing in Colchester county is very bad, I know sometimes the drivers are tired but they are getting payed to clear the roads, not part of the road but all of it, last snow we had the plow came up in truro Heights ( Rocky Ridge, Morley ave area ) and on our road alone he left 3 feet of snow on the side of the road, I was coming home and another car was coming up the road, only 1 of us could stay on the plowed part because there was not enough room for both of us, so I had to drive on the hard wet snow the plow left behind on the 3 feet of paved road he could have plowed to make the road wider . this happens EVERY year and it's like they don't care, when you call them they give you one excuse after another.. There is no need of it, And the driver who plows the road should be ashamed of the half ass job he does..

  • Bud Mosher
    December 26, 2012 - 09:58

    Transportation does not have to wonder very hard. The salt trucks usually show up after the first accident. The highways are in worst shape now than they were 10 years ago. Take a page out of history and get more bodies back on the roads.

  • doable
    December 25, 2012 - 19:23

    Transportation can hope all they want but until they repair our patched over patched roads which cannot be plowed properly, our low shoulders that swing people off the road, the potholes, the lack of snow removal vehicles etc. etc the deaths will keep racking up and up. DUH

    • agreed
      December 26, 2012 - 09:36

      looks like seat belts and speeding tickets don't save lives after all. Good thing we all spend thousands extra in safety equipment for our cars, while reducing fuel economy for it all not to work in the end....