Collision injuries on Edmonton streets hit 15-year low last year, city report says

A new city report shows there were 23,139 collisions on city streets last year, a decrease of almost 10 per cent from the year before.

Three of the top-10 collision intersections are on Yellowhead Trail

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The most dangerous time to be on Edmonton streets is on a Friday afternoon in December at around 5 p.m.  

That's according to the city's 2016 Motor Vehicle Collisions Report, released on Thursday.

The detailed report contains some good news and lots of interesting numbers.
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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.

Injury collisions were also down by 12.4 per cent from 3,033 in 2015 to 2,656 last year.

"This has been a long-term exercise over the last decade, so that trend is working very well," said Gerry Shimko, executive director of traffic safety. "This 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."

There were 22 traffic fatalities last year, down 10 from the year before.

Breaking down the 2016 numbers by month, the fewest collisions happened in April, while the most happened in December.
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Friday saw more collisions than any other day of the week. Sunday saw the fewest.

Peak week-day collision times matched morning and afternoon rush hours. The most dangerous hour was between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Shimko said those breakdowns could serve as a reminder for drivers, especially during the holiday season.    

"This might be a good opportunity for them to use it as an educational opportunity and change when they're going out on Fridays in December."

Other key findings from the annual report included:  

  • More than half of all collisions happened at intersections (57.8 per cent);
  • The most common cause of collisions was following too closely (38.6 per cent);
  • Other common causes include hitting a parked vehicle (13.0 per cent) and improper lane changes (10.8 per cent).

A total of 297 pedestrians were injured in collisions last year, down from 317 the year before. Ten pedestrians were killed in crashes, down from 12 in 2015.

  • Motorcycle collisions were also down slightly, from 208 in 2015 to 191 last year.
  • Male drivers were involved in almost two-thirds of at-fault collisions ( 62.2 per cent).

That final statistic came as no surprise to Shimko.

"That's just been the trend for all the years I've been here," he said. "I think some of it is culture. Males tend to be more risk-taking than females."

Age was also a factor in collisions. Statistics show drivers aged 15 to 24 were responsible for 21 per cent of all collisions.

There may be some intersections to try to avoid when you travel Edmonton streets.

For two years in a row, the top collision location has been the traffic circle at 107th Avenue and 142nd Street. There were 134 collisions there last year, compared to 98 in 2015

(City of Edmonton)
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