Fatal crashes down in 2015 but more people killed: OPP

Two people were killed in a fiery crash on the eastbound QEW at Trafalgar on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015. (Photo: OPP)
Two people were killed in a fiery crash on the eastbound QEW at Trafalgar on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015. (Photo: OPP/file)

Fatal crashes on OPP-patrolled roads have decreased but more people died in 2015 versus 2014, according to data released Thursday.

Roughly 299 people were killed in 260 road collisions in 2015, compared to 288 and 266 a year prior. These “preventable” road deaths, say police, are associated with alcohol or drug use, inattentive driving, speeding and not wearing seat belts.
“We are encouraged to see lower numbers in all of the ‘big four’ fatality causal factor categories, but we need to see drivers keep this downward trend going. There is no worse place to take risks, exercise poor judgement and make mistakes than behind the wheel,” said OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, who oversees traffic safety and operational support.

Big Four Fatality Category 2015 Deaths 2014 Deaths
Alcohol/drug related 45 52
Inattentive-related 69 82
Speed-related 61 64
No seat-belt-related 51 53
(Source: OPP)
Last year also marks the lowest number of alcohol or drug related deaths in more than 10 years, and the lowest number of inattentive-related road deaths since Ontario introduced distracted driving laws in 2009.

-Kelly Roche
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