Fewer deaths and injuries on Ottawa roads in 2011

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City of Ottawa

Traffic fatalities on Ottawa roads are at their lowest number in six years and traffic-related injuries have also declined, according to collision data released today.

"Most of the serious injuries and deaths that occur on our roads are preventable – everyone needs to do their part," said Mayor Jim Watson. "The City is always looking at ways we can make our roads safer for everyone, whether it is through engineering or education."

The Collision Data Summary is a snapshot of collision data for the 2007 to 2011 time period, including the top 10 signalized intersection collision locations across the city. Collision data results are compiled and released by the City on an annual basis.

"The City is working with our community partners to relay the message to all road users that keeping our roads safe is everyone's responsibility," said Councillor Marianne Wilkinson, Chair of the Transportation Committee. "It is important to continue to focus on maintaining the positive trends outlined in the report, while striving to reduce the number of collision-related injuries and fatalities even further."

The following are highlights from the report:

•Traffic fatalities decreased from 38 in 2010 to 25 in 2011, resulting in the lowest number of fatalities in six years

•Traffic injuries decreased to 3,690 in 2011; down from 3,822 in 2010

•Total traffic collisions were up from 14,953 in 2010 to 15,295 in 2011

•Total number of collisions rose by 2.3 per cent, but the number of injuries and fatalities resulting from serious collisions declined, by 3.8 per cent and 34.2 per cent respectively

•The number of registered vehicles increased in 2011 by 1.5 per cent to 515,784 compared to 508,389 in 2010

The City's Safer Roads Ottawa program (SRO) is a leading partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health and the Public Works department and is committed to preventing or eliminating road deaths and serious injuries for all people in the City of Ottawa, through culture change, community engagement and the development of a sustainable safe transportation environment.

SRO also works with and engages community stakeholders including; CAA Eastern and Northern Ontario, Citizens for Safe Cycling, Club Optimiste Vanier, Green Communities Canada, M.A.D.D. (Ottawa Chapter), Ministry of Transportation of Ontario, Ottawa Safety Council, Society of Ottawa Area Riders (S.O.A.R.), PARTY Program, Transport Canada, Walk Ottawa and Young Drivers Canada.

For additional information, please visit ottawa.ca/roadsafety.