/Looking to nature for safer roads

Looking to nature for safer roads

By Jim Poling Sr. 

The dragonfly is seen in many parts of the world as a symbol of adaptability and transformation.
see the dragonfly differently as I sit on my waterfront deck and watch
squadrons of them zip, zoom and soar, capturing dozens of mosquitos,
midges and other little irritating bugs.
I see the dragonfly as control. Control to achieve balance.
are a superb control for mosquitos, which are an annoyance at the
least, and a deadly force at most. The world needs mosquitos, but not an
overabundance of them, and dragonflies help to make sure that there is
On the wing, an adult dragonfly is believed to eat 100 or more
mosquitos every day. As larva, they kill even more in the water where
mosquitos breed.
That’s the wonder of nature, providing effective control and balance in an effort to avoid catastrophe.
that’s something that human society has difficulty with. We just can’t
seem to exercise the balance and control needed to keep us all safe and
There was yet another heart-tearing example of this last week in Brampton.
Karolina Ciasullo, 37, and daughters Klara, 6; Lilianna, 4; and Mila,
1; were killed when a sports car smashed into their van in a
Brampton-area intersection. The sports car driver, a 20-year-old man,
was in hospital in serious condition.
Peel police have held back details of the tragedy, possibly because a police chase might have been involved.
Mayor Patrick Brown has said the sports car operator was a known
reckless driver whose driving licence was under suspension. He
distributed a video of the same car, and allegedly the same driver,
driving dangerously a couple of days earlier.
The Brampton tragedy
brings to mind the reckless driving killings of three other young
children and their grandfather north of Toronto in 2015. Marco Muzzo was
drunk and speeding when his vehicle slammed into a van, killing Gary
Neville, 65, and his three grandchildren Daniel Neville-Lake, 9;
Harrison, 5; and Milly, 2.
Muzzo was sentenced to 10 years in prison, and now is out on day parole.
also brings to mind the pedestrians killed by cars every week, it
seems, in Toronto. And, it brings to mind the speeding and dangerous
driving many of us see daily on Ontario roads.
If you listen to
various Ontario government authorities, Ontario has some of the world’s
safest roads. Try telling that to what’s left of the families decimated
by reckless drivers.
And, although the number of traffic fatalities
in relation to numbers of drivers might be falling, the number of actual
deaths is increasing, evidence of more forceful collisions, probably
from speed.
Evidence of speeding, racing and reckless driving is before the eyes of anyone who travels the roads.
On Highway 11 between Barrie and Huntsville almost no vehicles, transport trucks included, follow the posted speed limits.
are among the worst offenders. Ontario Provincial Police statistics
show 7,674 collisions involving transport trucks in 2018, a four-year
high. Fifty-five people were killed in those collisions, another 1,142
Rubber tire marks from racing starts, wheelies and other antics are a familiar sight on many rural roads.
not that police forces are ignoring the situation. The OPP laid just
under 7,000 speeding charges during the May holiday weekend.
need to start shouting into government ears about the need for a more
intense police crackdown on our streets and highways.
Whether you
believe or disbelieve all the news releases about Ontario having the
safest roads, they need to be better, and can be better. Beautiful young
families should not be dying because of speeders and reckless drivers.
all the dragonfly effort at control, mosquito populations continue to
exist. Traffic accidents will continue no matter how hard we try to
control them.
But tragedies like the one in Brampton last week are no
accidents. They are the direct result of irresponsible actions by
drivers unwilling to control themselves.
Our governments, pushed by
its citizens, need a bigger and better effort to stop this senseless
type of road carnage. If it means more traffic police funding, so be it.
Take a lesson from nature: It’s all about creating a better, safer world through control and balance.