Ontario's traffic fatalities drop
Road Safety Measures Reducing Senseless Traffic Deaths
For the third year in a row, Ontario's traffic fatality and injury rates have fallen to their lowest-ever recorded levels, placing Ontario's roads among the safest in North America.
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation's 2005 Ontario Road Safety Annual Report released today confirms that measures taken to reduce traffic fatalities are working. Ontario's fatality rate dropped to 0.87 per 10,000 licensed drivers in 2005 - five per cent lower than 2004 levels.
The statistics show that Ontario's roads are getting safer: while the number of licensed drivers jumped by 21 per cent between 1996 and 2005, the number of traffic fatalities fell over that same 10-year period - by 17.6 per cent.
Other highlights from the report include:
- Drinking and driving fatalities decreased by almost 10 per cent between 2004 and 2005
- Fatalities involving large trucks also dropped to the lowest number ever recorded, falling more than 20 per cent below 2004 figures.
- The Ontario Road Safety Annual Report is the province's report card on road safety. The yearly results help government identify long-term trends and develop new ways to make roads safer. Data is collected from many different sources such as police services and the Office of the Chief Coroner.
- In 2005, Ontario's road safety record was second-best of 63 North American jurisdictions.
“Ontario is continuously improving traffic laws, vehicle standards, highway design, enforcement, emergency response and public education initiatives to reduce unnecessary traffic deaths and injuries. Together with our road safety partners we call upon all drivers to do their part by driving safely”
“Ontario's approach to road safety is working: Through innovative and effective education, legislation and enforcement, the province has earned an impressive road safety record.”