MARKED IN­CREASES IN 2016 ON­TARIO DEATHS ON AND OFF THE ROAD

Road Today - - Industry News -

The On­tario Provin­cial Po­lice ( OPP) has firmed up its 2016 traf­fic data, which re­vealed in­creases in many fa­tal­ity cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing the most tragic snow­mo­bile sea­son in 14 years. The OPP is shar­ing the data pub­licly to raise aware­ness of the im­pact on­go­ing be­hav­iours have on the num­ber of deaths on On­tario roads, wa­ter­ways and trails.

Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Col­li­sion Deaths ( All data ap­plies to OPP ju­ris­dic­tions only)

A to­tal of 307 peo­ple were killed in mo­tor ve­hi­cle col­li­sions in 2016, mark­ing a four- year high.

Every year, without ex­cep­tion, the ma­jor­ity of the fa­tal­i­ties are at­trib­uted to the “Big Four” main causal fac­tors in road deaths. Three are linked to driver be­hav­iour ( ag­gres­sive, inat­ten­tive and im­paired driv­ing). The fourth ( lack of seat belt use) ap­plies to drivers and pas­sen­gers.

Th­ese be­hav­iours were re­spon­si­ble for 165 ( more than half) of last year’s 307 deaths with lit­tle change over the pre­vi­ous year.

Large Com­mer­cial Trans­port Trucks

Last year saw lit­tle change in col­li­sions in­volv­ing large com­mer­cial trans­port trucks. The data is an­other stark re­minder of the sig­nif­i­cantly greater threat th­ese col­li­sions pose when compared to those in­volv­ing reg­u­lar- sized ve­hi­cles.

Col­li­sions in­volv­ing trans­port trucks resulted in more than three times the num­ber of fa­tal­i­ties than those in­volv­ing reg­u­lar- sized ve­hi­cles – a statis­tic that holds steady from year to year. As was the case in 2015, the ma­jor­ity of those who died in last year’s trans­port truck col­li­sions were oc­cu­pants of other in­volved ve­hi­cles. Many of th­ese fa­tal­i­ties are at­trib­uted to the Big Four.

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