Crashes slightly up, tickets down last year
Hamilton saw a small increase in the number of crashes on city streets last year, but fewer of those crashes were fatal, according to a year-end report that went to the police board Thursday. In 2016, there were 9,732 crashes, up 0.13 per cent from 9,719 the year prior. Of those crashes, there were 15 deaths from 14 collisions. This is down from 17 deaths in 16 collisions in 2015, representing a 12.5 per cent decrease. Alcohol was a factor in four of the 14 fatal crashes last year. Overall, there was a 10.35 per cent reduction in all alcohol-related driving offences, with 684 in 2016. The total number of traffic-related provincial offence notices issued was also down. Police handed out 54,364 traffic tickets in 2016, down from 56,556 in 2015.