If you were told 2016 was the first year where, on average, your city did not have someone hospitalized every day of the year as a result of a motor-vehicle collision would you be surprised? Would you celebrate? Or would you dig a bit deeper to see what else was in the numbers?
Digging a bit deeper, the City of Edmonton Office of Traffic Safety has identified some interesting and encouraging trends in traffic. The recently released 2016 City of Edmonton Motor Vehicle Collisions Report provides information on trouble spots and driving behaviours that are most likely to result in an collision. Using this information to educate drivers on where and when traffic collisions are likely to happen and understanding the behaviours that are causing collisions are one part of increasing safety on our roads.
Some of the numbers:
• Collisions on city streets hit at a 15-year low. The numbers show there were 23,139 collisions last year, a decrease of about nine per cent from the 25,517 collisions the year before.
• In 2016 there were 22 traffic fatalities, down 10 from the year before.
• Peak week-day collision times matched morning and afternoon rush hours. The most dangerous hour was between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Executive Director Gerry Shimko noted “that while injury collisions were down 12.4% from 2015 to 2016, 2016 was the first year since we’ve been keeping track where, on average, we did not have someone hospitalized every day of the year as a result of a motor-vehicle collision.”
Check out the complete 2016 Motor Vehicles Collisions Report, an interesting and encouraging look at the trends in Traffic Safety.