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City Releases 2012 Traffic Collision Stats

Side of van at photo radar stop

June 27, 2013

Collisions and injuries decrease but fatalities rise

The City of Edmonton is releasing its most recent traffic collision statistics with the Office of Traffic Safety’s Motor Vehicle Collision Report for 2012.

Although significant improvements for traffic safety have been made over the last ten years in Edmonton, the City of Edmonton’s Office of Traffic Safety is concerned about the lives claimed in vehicle collisions between 2011 and 2012.

“There was a nominal drop in the overall number of collisions and number of injuries on public roads, but there were 27 people who lost their lives in 2012, up from 22 in 2011,” said Yongsheng Chen, Traffic Safety Predictive Analyst, Office of Traffic Safety. “The injuries and deaths that came as a result of vehicle-related collisions in Edmonton have tremendous economic and social implications, and can be devastating to those individuals and their families.”

While it is somewhat encouraging that the number of collisions and injuries involving vulnerable road users including pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcycles decreased, the number of fatalities remained the same; there were eight pedestrians, one cyclist and four motorcyclists who died on Edmonton streets in both 2011 and 2012.

“Intersection collisions, following-too-closely collisions and speed are all significant factors in the number of incidents we are seeing,” said Chen. “Although we have come a long way since 2002 when we had 7,658 fatal and injury collisions, down to 3,388 in 2012, it is clear that we have a great deal more work to do in order to get people to take safety on our roads seriously. One life lost is still one too many, especially when the vast majority of these collisions are entirely preventable.”

The Office of Traffic Safety works to reduce the prevalence of fatal, injury and property damage collisions through the Four E’s of traffic safety (engineering, education, enforcement and evaluation).  This includes:

  • the use of driver feedback signs and digital messaging signs
  • intersection safety devices and mobile photo enforcement
  • right-turn design improvements and implementation of protected-only left turns
  • evaluation of all programs using state-of-the-art methodologies and the best available data including collision and traffic flow data.

A complete statistical summary of the Office of Traffic Safety’s Motor Vehicle Collision Report for 2012 can be found here.

For more information, visit edmonton.ca/saferoads.

For more information:

Yongsheng Chen

Office of Traffic Safety
Telephone 780-495-0369

Laura McNabb

Transportation

Title Communications Officer
Telephone

780-496-2812