Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics: 2020
Transport Canada’s National Collision Database (NCDB) contains data on all reportable motor vehicle collisions in Canada that the provinces and territories provide each year.
According to its most recent report, the year 2020 saw a small decrease in the number of fatalities and serious injuries, and saw a significant decrease in the number of injuries.
• In 2020, the number of motor vehicle fatalities was 1,745; down 1% from 2019(1,762).
• The number of serious injuries decreased to 7,868 in 2020; down 12% from 2019(8,917).
• The number of total injuries decreased to 101,572 in 2020; down 28% from 2019(140,801).
• The number of fatalities per 100,000 population decreased to 4.6 in 2020 (from 4.7 in2019), and is the lowest on record.
However, the report also shows concerning data in these categories:
• The number of fatalities per billion vehicle kilometers travelled increased to 4.7 in2020 (from 4.4 in 2019); despite significantly less KMs driven, the fatalities onlywent down slightly.
• 2020 saw a large increase in the percentage of occupants who were killed orseriously injured when not wearing seatbelts. 33.2% of driver fatalities were notwearing seatbelts in 2020, compared to 25.2% in 2019, which equates to a 32%increase.
Section 3: Building an Effective Speed Reduction Plan:
3a - Collecting Your Data:
Can you identify if, where, and when speeding is happening?
There’s a simple way to keep track. Speed Tracker is a small, wireless data collector that gives you detailed stats on driver behavior and speeds that you can access online via SafePace Cloud.
If speeding is determined to be a problem on your streets, there are many ways to elicit change in driver behavior. At Traffic Logix, we provide a variety of solution packages to meet your multifaceted traffic calming challenges and concerns.
3b - Single-Layer Solutions:
Awareness is a powerful thing. Simply reminding drivers when they’re speeding has been shown to change the way they drive, even miles down the road.
Since all of our radar speed signs gather data, let’s take a look at how effective the single-layered awareness solution is and if more powerful and versatile solutions could suit your traffic calming needs better.
3c - Does Just One Layer Work?
In 2021, over 1,500 new radar speed signs were installed on localstreets across Canada.
What difference did we make nationwide 2021 vs. 2020?
With more Traffic Logix radar speed signs installed, speeding problems on local streets have been mitigated.
But are radar signs always enough?
Increase or Reduction in Speeders over 100 km/h by Province / Territoryfrom 2020 to 2021
While radar signs are often an effective way to slow speeders, there are manyinstances when they aren’t sufficient in protecting local streets. If not installedcorrectly or when used to address speeding problems that require a moremultifaceted approach, they may not be sufficient to reduce top speeds.
Awareness + Enforcement or Awareness + Physical Traffic Calming
Speed cameras discreetly capture images from multiple lanes with pinpoint accuracy. When used with speed awareness signs, this solution package adds the element of warnings that can be issued by police or private communities as well as the ability to further target enforcement.
• One community saw a 91% reduction in speeders just 8 weeks after installing speed cameras.
• In another, maximum speeds were reduced by 16 km/h while violations went down by 73%.