MARKED INCREASES IN 2016 ONTARIO DEATHS ON AND OFF THE ROAD
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.