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Windsor car accidents: where you're most likely to get into one

Drivers in Windsor are most likely to be involved a motor vehicle accident in the month of October between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. at County Road 42 and Lauzon Parkway.
In 2013, there were a total of 3,798 reported collisions on roads in the City of Windsor. (CBC File)

Drivers in Windsor are most likely to be involved a motor vehicle accident in the month of October between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. at County Road 42 and Lauzon Parkway.

That's according to a five-year study by Windsor's City Engineer, Operations Department and Transportation Planning Division.

The report compared the number of accidents over a five year span between 2009 and 2013 on all city roads.

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Traffic lights indicate marked intersections. Red exclamation marks indicate unmarked intersections. Green flags indicate an intersection without any accidents.

Top 3 Dangerous Intersections based on traffic volume

  • 1. County Road 42 and Lauzon Parkway (1.56 collisions per million vehicles entering intersection)
  • 2. Pelissier Street and Wyandotte Street West (1.45 collisions per million vehicles entering intersection)
  • 3. Lauzon Line/McHugh Street and Lauzon Road (1.34 collisions per million vehicles entering intersection)
One of the most dangerous intersection in the Windsor, County Road 42 and Lauzon Parkway. (Google Maps)

Top 3 Intersections with the most collisions:

  • 125 collisions at Banwell Road and E C Row Expressway (west-bound) 
  • 97 collisions at Tecumseh Road East and Walker Road
  • 94 collisions at Howard Avenue and Tecumseh Road East

The city is doing an assessment of how to make some of the intersections safer.

One of the intersections under review is Dougall Avenue and Ouellette Place, where 78 accidents happened over the five years.

"We are hoping the consultant will provide us again with some short-term quick fixes and then some long-term solutions for that entire study area, but that will include that particular intersection," said Josette Eugenie, the manager of transportation and planning for the City of Windsor.

In 2013, there were a total of 3,798 reported collisions on roads under the jurisdiction of the City of Windsor. That's about average.

Of the collisions in 2013:

  • four resulted in death
  • 929 caused injuries
  • 2,865 collisions resulted only in property damage

Alcohol was involved in 2.69 per cent of those collisions, slightly below the five year average of 2.72 per cent.

"Our fatal collision rate is significantly below our provincial average, and as well, the alcohol-related use in collisions is lower than our provincial average, so we are doing well," Eugenie said.

Safest, dangerous, times to drive

The vast majority of accidents in 2013 happened during the day (77 per cent) and in dry conditions (76 per cent).

Less than 10 per cent of accidents happened in icy or snowy conditions and less than 20 per cent happened at night or in dark conditions.

About a third of accidents happened between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. while the safest time to drive was between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.

October was the most dangerous month for collisions with 367 while July saw the fewest with 253.

Bad news for cyclists

The report shows roads are becoming more dangerous for cyclists.

There were 113 reported collisions involving cyclists in 2013 on City of Windsor roads, 16 per cent higher than the five year average of just under 97. Of the collisions in 2013, more than half of the cyclists were reported to be wearing helmets, a sharp increase over the five year average of 20 per cent.
 

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