Thread: Ontario roads safest in Canada
06-20-2002, 05:17 PM #1
Ontario roads safest in Canada
I saw this in the news today and thought I'd post it so the rest of you could take a look...
Ontario road death toll lowest in 50 years; second lowest in North America
Thursday, June 20, 2002
TORONTO (CP) - The chances of getting killed on an Ontario road are the lowest in Canada and second lowest in North America, figures released Thursday show.
In total, 849 people died on the province's roads in 2000, the lowest number in 50 years and the 12th straight annual decline despite an increased amount of traffic, according to the latest government data. That translates to slightly more than one death for every 10,000 licensed drivers. Only Massachusetts has a lower rate, at slightly less than one death for every 10,000 licensed drivers.
Nevertheless, the province's annual road safety report provides a sobering account of carnage on Ontario's roads.
More than 430,000 drivers were involved in 250,000 crashes in 2000, leaving almost 11,700 people hurt, 112 of them pedestrians.
More than 8,000 of those injured spent a total of 90,152 days in hospital, with fractures to the neck and spine accounting for more than 10 per cent of the injuries.
Men were more than three times as likely to die in a crash than women.
September was the deadliest month, mostly due to the Labour Day weekend, and Saturday was the worst day of the week, the figures show.
Alcohol was still one of the biggest causes of fatal crashes, with more than a quarter attributed to drinking and driving.
Although the long-term trend was declining, 227 people died in alcohol-related crashes in 2000, up from 201 in 1999.
"Impaired driving continues to be one of those serious threats we face on our roadways," said Transport Minister Norm Sterling.
However, new rules that mandate in-car alcohol breath screening devices for convicted drunk drivers kicked in last December and the drunk-driving rate should decline, Sterling said.
Other figures in the annual report show a 12 per cent drop in fatalities involving trucks in 2000, with 150 such deaths, down from 171 in 1999.
Older drivers also fared better, with the collision rate for those over 75 falling to 273 per 10,000 licensed drivers from 346 in 1988.
Ontario drivers also appear to be among the most safety conscious in the country.
A federal survey last year found 92.5 per cent of drivers in the province wore seat belts, the highest usage in Canada.
Ontario has 8.1 million licensed drivers and 7.2 million licensed vehicles. Both numbers are increasing by an average of about 2.5 per cent a year.
The Ontario government released its annual road safety report for 2000 on Thursday. Some figures (1999 figures in brackets):
Licensed Drivers: 8,121,374.
Registered Vehicles: 7,181,056
Deaths: 849 (868)
Injuries: 85,009 (84,062)
Hospital Admissions: 8,040
Source: Ontario Ministry of Transportation
06-23-2002, 02:13 AM #2
I find it absolutely amazing that the Canadian survey found 92.5 per cent of drivers in the province wore seat belts. Congratulations!
A recent US report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration presented annual highway death, injury and damaged vehicle statistics. I crunched the numbers and found that in the year 2000 in the US;
114 people died each and every day, one every 8 minutes...
14,520 people were injured in crashes each day...
75,616 vehicles were damaged every day in crashes...
for every 659 damaged vehicles, one person died...
for every 5 vehicles damaged in a crash, one person was injured.Ron Moore, Forum Moderator
06-23-2002, 07:02 AM #3
Australian Transport Safety Bureau- Statistics Page
The link above is to statistics in Australia for those that may be interested....Luke
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