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February 17, 2012
Vehicle collisions in Toronto down over past number of years
Initiatives to improve traffic safety in Toronto have led to a reduction in vehicle collisions over the past number of years, statistics indicate.

Collisions - whether between two vehicles, a vehicle and a pedestrian, a vehicle and a cyclist, or a vehicle and a stationary object - have decreased by about 24 per cent, down from more than 70,000 annually in the years 2000 to 2002 to about 55,000 a year since 2005.

Annual statistics:
2010 - 55,685
2009 - 54,839
2008 - 55,752
2007 - 55,974
2006 - 53,000
2005 - 54,918
2004 - 56,289
2003 - 66,475
2002 - 72,100
2001 - 73,174

Despite a two per cent growth in population and increased cycling and walking activity in Toronto, the number of collisions and injuries involving pedestrians and cyclists has remained relatively stable over the past seven years.

“The safety of all road users is our number one goal, and this reduction in collisions is a positive development," said Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Ward 34 Don Valley East), Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. "Going forward, we will continue our efforts to reduce collisions further. At the same time, we need to remind all road users to do their part in sharing the road and moving safely during each trip whether driving, walking or cycling."

Among the initiatives implemented by Transportation Services that have helped to contribute to the reduction in collisions are red light cameras, increased pedestrian walk times at traffic signals, zebra crossing pavement markings, enhanced pedestrian crossovers, expanded bikeway network and winter maintenance improvements.

Other conditions that may have influenced traffic safety include improved road user behaviour, continual enforcement of traffic violations and improvements to in-vehicle safety systems.

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