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December 4, 2002
Top ten intersections for serious collisions in the city
  
Works and Emergency Services - The City of Toronto's Transportation Services
Division today released its annual list of the top 10 intersections with the
highest number of serious collisions over a three-year period, 1999 to 2001.

A serious collision is defined as one in which a person is injured or killed
and does not include those where there was only property damage.

Ranking Intersection location Number of Serious Collisions
    Three-Year Total Annual Average

1.

Black Creek Drive and Lawrence Avenue West

71

23.7

2.

Eglinton Avenue at Warden Avenue

61

20.3

3.

Kennedy Road at Sheppard Avenue East

60

20.0

4.

Lawrence Avenue East at Warden Avenue

59

19.7

5.

Ellesmere Road at Warden Avenue

58

19.3

6.

Lawrence Avenue East at McCowan Road

57

19.0

7.

Finch Avenue West at Jane Street

55

18.3

8.

Lawrence Avenue East at Victoria Park Avenue

55

18.3

9.

Dufferin Street at Finch Avenue West

55

18.3

10.

Markham Road at Progress Avenue

55

18.3


The above data includes all serious collisions that were reported at these
intersections involving pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicle occupants.
Results for 2002 are unavailable at this time.

An average of 68,000 collisions take place in Toronto every year, consisting of
51,000 (75 per cent) property damage collisions, 16,900 (25 per cent) personal
injury collisions and 66 (0.10 per cent) fatal collisions.

There were 56 people killed in 52 fatal collisions across Toronto in 2001, the
lowest number since this information was recorded in 1957. Over the last three
years, 1999 to 2001, one person was killed in 2001 at Lawrence Avenue East and
McCowan Road and one person was killed in 1999 at Kennedy Road and Sheppard
Avenue East. No other fatalities occurred at the remaining eight intersections
listed above.

"We are very concerned about the safety of our roads," said Toronto Councillor
Brad Duguid, chair of the City's Works Committee. "We encourage everyone to
drive with caution not just at intersections, but every time they get behind
the wheel."

The information is designed to make traffic safety a higher priority for the
public, to establish traffic engineering improvement priorities, to focus on
police enforcement initiatives, and for use by agencies and organizations with
an interest in safety.

Conditions that could lead to improved traffic safety include increased
attention to the road and less aggressive behaviour by drivers, cyclists and
pedestrians; improved road conditions and operations such as signals, signage,
curbs and lanes; and proper vehicle maintenance by vehicle owners.


Media Contact
Steve Johnston
Sr. Communications Co-ordinator, Works and Emergency
Services Department
416-392-4391

 

 

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