More on Driver retesting

I had a short chat this evening with a fellow curler, who said (if I remember correctly :):

  • Now that Ontario has privatized the driver testing program, the wait for an examination is a couple of days, not months.
  • The problem in Ontario really is driver skill (well, the lack thereof), and not congestion; European roads are much more congested than ours, but their accident rates are lower.
  • As for the money, it turns out that we (Ontario) spend about 95 million dollars a year on hospital care for the victims of non-fatal accidents. That’s a whole lot of money to apply to a) retesting, and b) other parts of the healthcare system…

It’s all moot, however, since McGinty came out and said no.

on Tuesday, Premier Dalton McGuinty told reporters that mandatory retesting was “just not on” for Ontario drivers.

posted at 10:20 pm on Tuesday, April 06, 2004 in Random Thoughts | Comments (1)

1 Comment

  1. Jeff K says:

    You must not have heard me the first time [well other than an attempt construe “n00b” into “foreigner”]. Twice zilch is zilch, so there’s no $95,000,000 to be saved. And my lord, where does your buddy get his statistics? “The Sun” or something? French roads are unbelievably lethal. (8000/year): http://inserviceextra.firechief.com/ar/transportation_french_road_death/
    (1 in 7522 population)

    (841 in Ontario) http://www.wsib.on.ca/wsib/wsibsite.nsf/public/referenceroadsafety
    (1 in 14000 population)

    and fewer people drive in France!

    Anyway $95M / 85,000 injuries = $1117. Or less neo-con of me, $95M/10M = $9.50. A driver’s test is probably a $50 thing. Anyway, I didn’t check that stat of yours. $1117/incident seems low. (Approximately 2.6 cents per day per population).

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