Ontario Road Safety Numbers

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Numbers and statistics help governments create better laws and policies and help police to target their efforts. The latest draft road safety numbers are out for 2013 and they show an imporved safety trend for the province.

Ontario Roads saw a stunning 42,966 fatal and personal injury collisions in 2013, with over 80,000 drivers involved in the accidents. 429 people died on the streets and highways that year. These numbers are considerably lower than 2011 and 2012 that saw 498 and 568 people die on the roads. Further good news is that Ontario has one of the lowest drinking and driving fatality rates in North America. Overall the number of fatalities in 2013 was just over half of the number of a decade before. This massive reduction can be attributed to safer cars, stronger enforcement and better education of drivers.

Here is a breakdown of the causes of fatalities on the roads in Ontario in 2013:

  • Drinking and driving        119 or 25% of deaths
  • Large truck collisions       92 or 19.3% of deaths
  • Pedestrian fatalities        91 or 19.1% of deaths
  • Inattentive driving           79 or 16.6% of deaths
  • Speeding                             65 or 13.7% of deaths
  • No seatbelt                        65 or 13.6% of deaths
  • Motorcycle accidents     47 or   9.9% of deaths

Head on and single car crashes had the largest number of fatalities, with October, August, July  and November being the most dangerous months to drive in. School busses were the safest type of vehicle to be in with only 1 fatality in the year and 177 injuries.

Other interesting facts include the number of licenced drivers over the age of 80 has increased by over 400% since 1993. This is in part due to a much larger senior population, and longer life spans. Fatalities among seniors over 80 has varied from 14 in 2011 to 23 in 2012. The numbers for 2013 weren’t yet available.

Graduated licencing is touted as a great success in the reduction of injury and fatality rates in young drivers aged 16-19. Based on the data from 2008-2012 Ontario had a 71% decrease in fatality for that age group.

You can read the whole report here.