There are too many bad drivers
Bad driving habits continue to be lethal on Ontario highways.
That harsh reality is hammered home by the Ontario Provincial Police’s release of 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 behaviour had on the number of deaths on Ontario roads, waterways and trails.
A total of 307 people were killed in motor vehicle collisions in 2016, marking a four-year high. Persons Killed: 2016 -307 2015 - 301 2014 - 290 2013 - 293 Every year, without exception, the majority of the fatalities are attributed to the “Big Four.” They are aggressive, inattentive and impaired driving and failure to wear seatbelts.
The “Big Four” were responsible for 165 (more than half) of last year's 307 deaths with little change over the previous year. Persons Killed 2016 - 307 2015 - 301 Persons Killed - speed-related 2016 - 55 2015 - 63 Persons Killed - inattentiverelated 2016 - 65 2015 - 68 Persons Killed - alcohol/drug related 2016 - 45 2015 - 45
The OPP investigated 67,372 motor vehicle collisions in 2016, down from 2015, when there were 69,934 collisions.
Marking another four-year high are the 275 collisions that resulted in fatalities. Fatal Motor Vehicle Collisions 2016 - 275 2015 - 262 2014 - 268 2013 - 254 Of last year's crashes, 11,506 of them resulted in injuries. The majority (55,591) were property damage collisions with no injuries sustained, but these col- lisions came with a significant economic cost to Ontarians.
Large Commercial 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 regularsized 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.
Collisions Involving Large Commercial Transport Trucks
Number of Collisions 2016 - 5,357 2015 - 5,381 Number of Fatal Collisions 2016- 57 2015- 56 Persons Killed 2016 - 67 2015 - 71 Number of Transport Truck Drivers Killed 2016 - 11 2015 - 10
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. Speeding Speeding and losing control continue to be common contributing factors. Motor Vehicle Collisions Involving Motorcycles Number of Collisions 2016 - 749 2015 - 837 Number of Fatal Collisions 2016 - 31 2015 - 27 Persons Killed 2016 - 33 2015 - 35 Motorcyclists Killed 2016 - 31 2015-31 Motorcyclists, Drivers 2016 - 28 2015 - 27
Sadly, 2016 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.
2016 marked the highest number of marine deaths in three years, with 23 people dying in 19 incidents on OPP-patrolled waterways. Seven of last year's fatal incidents involved nonmotorized vessels (e.g. canoes, kayaks).
Falling overboard was the primary cause in nine of the incidents. Capsized or swamped vessels were involved in seven of them and alcohol in eight of the incidents.
Every year, the majority of the victims are found not wearing a Personal Floatation Device (PFD). Last year, 19 of the 23 victims found with no PFD and in 2015, all of the deceased were found without one.
Number of Fatal Collisions/ xxIncidents 2016- 19 2015 -16 Persons Killed 2016 -23 2015 - 18
HEED THE MESSAGE: Distracted driving has become a leading cause of highway accidents.