Death toll on Ontario highways plummets

Tougher laws, smarter traffic policing big factors


Imagine a cure for cervical cancer was discovered. In Ontario, 140 lives a year would be saved. That’s about the decline in highway traffic deaths in Ontario over the past two years—a 32 per cent drop from 453 in 2007 to 310 last year. What happened? Experts debate the causes. But police measures seem to be a major direct factor. Ontario has a new anti-street-racing law that allowed cops to hand out 10,000 seven-day suspensions. Speed-related fatalities dropped nearly 50 per cent from ’07 to ’09. And Ontario Provincial Police credit their own strategies, such as mining traffic data more effectively to make sure police cars are visible around accident hot-spots. Whatever’s working, it’s hard to think of any short-term public-policy shift that’s saving as many lives.

Ottawa Citizen

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Death toll on Ontario highways plummets

  1. Uh oh. Mr. Selley is not going to like this.

  2. That tactic of putting more cruisers, in full black/white, in full view around statistically likely accident zones is very clever. An excellent way to apply the principle "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" without any intrusion into the rights or even convenience of citizens. Kudos to the OPP.

  3. Was there evidence that street racing was directly tied to such a high number of fatalities? I'not being sarcastic or facetious: I just am interested.

  4. Any chance that drop in number in km's driven during the same period may have impacted the death rates?

  5. The earth is warming. Ontario is warming. Warmer roads result in better traction, less ice, etc. Global warming saves lives.

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