Deadly Alberta Summer
Original Air Date:
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The summer of 2012 has been a tragic one in Alberta, with no fewer than 16 recreation-related deaths so far. That’s an increase of nearly 60 per cent compared to the same period in 2010.
Two of the most recent incidents include the death of a 12-year-old boy skateboarding in Calgary, and an Edmonton cyclist who clipped the mirror of a parked car before being struck and killed by a passing cement truck.
What is to blame for so many recreation-related deaths in Alberta this summer? What must be done to reduce the risks?
Joining us to discuss the alarming situation is Kathy Belton, Associate Director for the Alberta Centre for Injury Control and Research, part of the University of Alberta's School of Public Health.