A recent report presented to the Hamilton police oversight board pointed out there is often more than one contributing factor in most fatal accidents on roads and highways. But in the 125 total collisions where one or more persons died they found that the leading factor was Distracted Driving.
The report looked at 83 fatal vehicle collisions on Hamilton city roads since 2012, which led to 90 deaths. And an additional 42 fatal collisions which happened on roadways that are patrolled by the Ontario Provincial Police within city limits.
On city roads they found that intoxicating substances contributed to 31% and speed was a factor in 32%, and while there is some overlap they also found that driver inattention had a part in 48% of the collisions.
As for the OPP patrolled roads, 45% of those collisions had distracted driving as a contributing factor, while while speed and intoxicating substances each came in at 9.5%.
This isn’t an indicator of which is more likely to cause a fatal accident; it indicates which is currently a more common risk which people are willing to take.
The report also said that Hamilton’s numbers are below both the provincial and national averages.
Driving under the influence and excessive speeding are already established dangerous driving habits which can lead to a fatal crash. This report should be a wake-up call that distracted driving can be just as deadly. If you are out on the roads this Easter weekend please make sure you have your complete attention on the roads.
Story from CBC
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