Collision fatalities higher this year to date than last

The month of May saw 34 people tragically killed on Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)-patrolled roads, pushing the number of collision fatalities higher than at this time last year.

By the end of May 2021, 88 fatal collisions led to the death of 94 people. At this time last year, 78 fatal road crashes had claimed the lives of 87 people.

A significant number of those killed in the crashes died through no fault of their own. They were either passengers or drivers who were driving properly when the collision occurred. Speeding (27) and driver inattention (16) are the lead factors contributing to this year’s fatalities and both causal factors have increased compared to the same period last year.

“It is unacceptable that drivers continue to contribute to the deaths of innocent people because of their actions or condition behind the wheel. To have this occur — at a time when people are finally seeing signs that our lives may soon get back to normal –makes this particularly tragic and devastating for the grieving families. Everyone has the right to be safe on our roads. Please do your part to keep everyone safe when you are driving,” says OPP Chief Superintendent Rohan THOMPSON, Commander, Highway Safety Division

Five months into 2021, 36 per cent of fatalities on OPP-patrolled roads have occurred in the month of May.

Collisions on OPP-patrolled roads (2021 to date):

Month      Total Collisions        Fatal Collisions         Persons Killed

JAN              3,835                         10                           13
FEB              4,047                         14                           14
MAR             3,698                         16                           16
APR              3,043                         17                           17
MAY              3,460                         31                           34

TOTAL        18,083                         88                           94