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December 6, 2000
Intersections with serious collisions: top ten highlighted by City
The City of Toronto's Works and Emergency Services Department has released its
annual list of the 10 intersections with the highest number of serious
collisions. 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.

There were 91 people killed in 85 fatal collisions across Toronto in 1999.
While no fatalities occurred at the intersections listed below, these
intersections recorded the largest number of serious collisions over the past
three years.

This list is a departure from those of previous years. It focuses on serious
collision locations over a three-year period, 1997 to 1999. Previous news
releases have included property damage collisions and they covered only one
year. The reason for the change is that the City is giving more recognition to
locations where people are injured and killed. The top 10 intersections are as

1. Markham Road and Lawrence Avenue East: 57 (3-Year Total) 19.0 (Annual
2. Warden Avenue and Lawrence Avenue East: 56 (3-Year Total) 18.7 (Annual
3. Jane Street and Finch Avenue West: 52 (3-Year Total) 17.3 (Annual Average)
4. Markham Road and Ellesmere Road: 52 (3-Year Total) 17.3 (Annual Average)
5. Bathurst Street and Finch Avenue West: 51 (3-Year Total) 17.0 (Annual
6. Leslie Street and Sheppard Avenue East: 50 (3-Year Total) 16.7 (Annual
7. Warden Avenue and Steeles Avenue East: 50 (3-Year Total) 16.7 (Annual
8. Jarvis Street and Lake Shore Blvd East: 49 (3-Year Total) 16.3 (Annual
9. Black Creek Drive and Lawrence Avenue W: 49 (3-Year Total) 16.3 (Annual
10. Dufferin Street and Finch Avenue West: 48 (3-Year Total) 16.0 (Annual

The above data includes all serious collisions reported at these intersections
involving pedestrians, cyclists or motor vehicles. The information does not
include property damage collisions. Results for 2000 are not available at this

An average of 64,500 collisions take place in Toronto each year, consisting of
47,200 (73 per cent) property damage collisions, 17,200 (27 per cent) personal
injury collisions and 84 (0.13 per cent) fatal collisions.

This annual list is intended to
· alert the public to make traffic safety a higher priority
· establish traffic engineering improvement priorities
· focus police enforcement initiatives
· inform 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
· proper vehicle maintenance by vehicle owners

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