Crashes slightly up, tick­ets down last year

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

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.

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