Num­ber of fa­tal­i­ties up in accidents last year, po­lice re­port

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS -

NEWLY COM­PILED FIG­URES FOR 2016 saw a rise in fa­tal­i­ties on roads, wa­ter­ways and trails pa­trolled by the On­tario Provin­cial Po­lice.

A to­tal of 307 people were killed in mo­tor-ve­hi­cle col­li­sions in 2016, mark­ing a four-year high. The OPP in­ves­ti­gated 67,372 mo­tor-ve­hi­cle col­li­sions in 2016, down from 2015 (69,934 col­li­sions).

Mark­ing an­other fouryear high are the 275 col­li­sions that re­sulted in fa­tal­i­ties.

Of last year’s crashes, 11,506 of them re­sulted in in­juries, po­lice re­port. The ma­jor­ity (55,591) were prop­erty dam­age col­li­sions with no in­juries sus­tained.

While last year marked fewer col­li­sions in­volv­ing mo­tor­cy­cles than in the pre­vi­ous year, there was lit­tle change in the num­ber of deaths. The OPP re­sponded to 749 mo­tor­cy­cle crashes in 2016 which re­sulted in 33 fa­tal­i­ties, down from 35 in 2015. Speed­ing and los­ing con­trol con­tinue to be com­mon con­tribut­ing fac­tors, po­lice say.

Last year marked the high­est num­ber of pedes­trian deaths in more than 12 years, with 39 deaths. There were 25 such deaths in 2015. The year 2009 was the last time the num­ber ex­ceeded 30.

APRIL 22

5:40 PM | Wellington County OPP were called to the scene of a sin­gle-ve­hi­cle col­li­sion on Fourth Line East in the Town­ship of Pilk­ing­ton. Of­fi­cers ar­rived on scene and lo­cated a fe­male driver of a 2011 Hyundai Tuc­son. The ve­hi­cle had left the road­way, went over a ditch and struck a hy­dro pole. While speak­ing with the fe­male driver, of­fi­cers be­lieved her to be im­paired by al­co­hol. She was ar­rested and brought to a lo­cal de­tach­ment for fur­ther test­ing. As a re­sult, a 34-year-old Guelph woman was charged with ‘over 80 mgs’ and ‘im­paired driv­ing.’ She is sched­uled to ap­pear in Guelph Crim­i­nal Court on May 16. Her driver’s li­cence was sus­pended for 90 days and the ve­hi­cle im­pounded for a pe­riod of seven days. 9:00 PM | A 47-year-old Moore­field man was charged with ‘driv­ing with over 80 mgs of al­co­hol in 100 ml of blood’ af­ter a traf­fic stop in the Town of Minto. While speak­ing with the driver, the OPP of­fi­cer de­tected the odour of al­co­hol on his breath. The driver was ar­rested af­ter fail­ing the road­side screen­ing test, and was trans­ported to a lo­cal OPP cen­tre for fur­ther test­ing. The driver is to ap­pear in Guelph Crim­i­nal Court on May 5 to an­swer to the charge. His driver’s li­cence was sus­pended for 90 days and the ve­hi­cle im­pounded for seven days.

APRIL 24

6:30 PM | Water­loo Re­gional Po­lice re­sponded to a col­li­sion on Vic­to­ria Street North in Bres­lau where an east­bound Mazda SUV, driven by a 55-year-old Guelph woman, left the road and drove through the grass ditch, striking a park­ing block and flip­ping back onto the shoul­der. Although the ve­hi­cle re­ceived ex­ten­sive dam­age, the lone oc­cu­pant suf­fered only mi­nor cuts to her hands and did not re­quire fur­ther med­i­cal treat­ment. Traf­fic ser­vices at­tended the scene, in­ves­ti­gated the col­li­sion and were as­sisted by a num­ber of witnesses who stayed and pro­vided in­for­ma­tion. As a re­sult of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the woman was charged with ‘care­less driv­ing.’

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