Motor Vehicle Collisions and Fatalities

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Motor Vehicle Collisions

The following table shows the number of motor vehicle collisions that occurred in Niagara in 2014. Collisions are divided into class of collision and fatalities or injuries. Also included are the number of registered vehicles in that year. These statistics are available for the years 2010 – 2014.

Place of Collision, Persons Killed, Injured and Motor Vehicle Registrations, 2014
Class of Collison Persons
Place of Collision Total Collisions Fatal Personal Injury Property Damage Fatality Injury Motor Vehicle Registrations
Fort Erie 239 0 42 197 0 54
Grimsby 204 2 38 164 2 44
Lincoln 122 1 18 103 1 29
Niagara Falls 1,205 1 154 1,050 1 197
Niagara-on-the-Lake 218 0 36 182 0 56
Pelham 80 1 9 70 1 10
Port Colborne 148 1 23 124 1 32
St. Catharines 1,561 2 226 1,333 2 294
Thorold 217 1 25 191 1 37
Wainfleet 50 0 8 42 0 8
Welland 519 1 73 445 1 90
West Lincoln 156 3 33 120 5 60
Provincial Highway 1,320 2 221 1,097 3 315
Other Areas 128 0 20 108 0 28
Niagara Total 6,167 15 926 5,226 17 1,254 340,492

 

Source: Ministry of Transportation. Ontario Road Safety Annual Report 2014.
Retrieved from: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/publications/pdfs/ontario-road-safety-annual-report-2014.pdf

Fatal and Life-Threatening Collisions in Niagara Region

Niagara Regional Police Service publishes data about fatal and life-threatening collisions in Niagara on a yearly basis in their annual report.

Fatal and Life-Threatening Collisions in Niagara
Collision Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Fatal Collisions 20 19 16 17 20
MTO Reportable Deaths* 23 20 18 15 17
Non-Reportable Deaths 2 3 2 2 4
Life-Threatening Injuries 26 26 24 21 24

 

*MTO – Ministry of Transportation Ontario. MTO Reportable Deaths are deaths that were directly caused by injuries sustained in a collision. Non-Reportable Deaths are those that were caused by a medical event (e.g. heart attack, aneurysm, etc.) leading to a collision.

Source: Niagara Regional Police Service
Retrieved from:  https://www.niagarapolice.ca/en/whoweare/reportspublications.asp

The above tables are also found in the Transportation and Mobility Sector, under Collision Rates in Niagara Municipalities.

Impaired Driving

The following table and graph illustrate trends in impaired driving rates in Canada, Ontario, the St. Catharines-Niagara CMA, and two other Ontario centres, for comparison. Numbers are per 100,000 population.

Impaired Driving Violations, Per 100,000 Population
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Canada 242.15 220.61 209.81 200.48 194.31
Ontario 128.10 116.70 110.77 110.82 105.59
St. Catharines-Niagara CMA 148.44 132.34 128.62 125.26 135.08
Hamilton CMA 110.62 107.71 109.19 106.06 93.11
Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo CMA 119.20 103.98 102.63 100.32 105.84

Impaired Driving Violations

Source: Statistics Canada. Incident-based crime statistics, by detailed violations.
Retrieved from: http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a47

The R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Drivers Everywhere) program is part of police efforts to reduce offences involving drinking and driving. To achieve this goal, Niagara Regional Police Traffic Services sets up checkpoints and stops vehicles to determine whether drivers may be impaired. Tested at the roadside, drivers who have been drinking may be issued with 12-hour license suspensions or arrested for impaired driving related offences.

Statistics from the R.I.D.E. Program in Niagara, 2013-2016
 (mid-March to mid-March, annually) 2013 2014 2015 2016
Number of vehicles stopped 8300 8115 6187 6511
Number of boats stopped 0 0 69 0
Number of roadside tests conducted 251 223 183 114
3-day suspensions 47 49 35 20
7-day suspensions 0 1 1 1
Impaired driving charges 30 13 11 12
Charges under the Liquor License Act 10 3 5 1
Charges under the Highway Traffic Act 164 90 134 107
Charges for other criminal offences (including drug possession) 2 0 1 1

 

Source: Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) data

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving continues to grow as a problem on the roadways of Ontario. Talking on a cell phone while driving increases the likelihood of collision by four times, and texting while driving increases the risk of collision by 23 times.

Source: Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS)
Retrieved from: http://www.niagarapolice.ca/en/community/distracteddriving.asp

Tougher penalties for distracted driving were introduced by the Ontario government in the Making Ontario Roads Safer Act on September 1, 2015. These penalties include an increased fine of $490 (and up to $1,000 if the case goes to court) and three demerit points.

Source: Government of Ontario
Retrieved from:  http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/bill-31.shtml
https://www.ontario.ca/page/distracted-driving

On February 26, 2015 Niagara students came together for the second annual NRPS Film Festival which addressed the issue of Distracted Driving. The event was held at the Landmark Cinemas Theater in St. Catharines. The top 5 Distracted Driving films are available for viewing on the Niagara Regional Police Service website

Source: Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS)
Retrieved from: http://www.niagarapolice.ca/en/whoweare/Distracted-Driving-.asp

On June 24-25, 2016, CAA Niagara and the Niagara Regional Police Service hosted a Distracted Driving Event at the Seaway Mall to teach drivers how to stay focused on the road and bring awareness to distracted driving. Additional event partners were the Regional Niagara Road Safety Committee, the Ministry of Transportation Ontario, and AAPEX Driving School. A similar event was held on June 23, 2017. https://caaniagara.ca/news/interactive-distracted-driving-event-asks-niagara-drivers-focus-road

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