The Burlington Road Safety Committee

Seniors' Road Safety Seminar May 24, 2017

Please join us for this year's Senior's Road Safety Seminar at the Central Branch of the Burlington Public Library! We hope to see you there.

Welcome!

Welcome to the Burlington Road Safety Committee's web site!

Traffic concerns are dominant in the Burlington area, and frequently top the list of community concerns.

Many studies exist which show the magnitude of the injuries, deaths, and disabilities resulting from motor vehicle crashes in Canada, Ontario, Halton and Burlington. Citizens and politicians identify motor vehicle and other road-related crashes as having a significant negative impact on our community. The loss of young life is particularly haunting.

The current public debate over automobile insurance clearly illustrates the economic and health care costs associated with motor vehicle crashes.

There are a number of effective 'best practice' programs that are known to reduce the number and severity of motor vehicle and other road-related crashes. These programs involve technology, legislation/regulation, environmental change, engineering measures and community education. You will find information about some of these programs on this web site. And the web sites listed in the 'Links' section will give you a wealth of information on many road safety topics.

Collisions Are Not 'Accidents'!

Collisions --- road crashes --- are not "accidents": they are predictable and preventable events.

Road crashes can be analyzed by age and gender of the driver, behaviour of the driver, weather conditions, location, time of day, day of the week, and so on. The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) indicates that the majority of collisions are caused by driver error. The main driver errors found in Halton Region include speeding, following too closely, failing to yield, and driver inattention (distracted driving).

Some Burlington Numbers...

City of Burlington Roads Regional Roads in Burlington
Year Deaths Fatality
Collisions
Injuries Injury
Collisions
Pedestrians
Involved in Motor Vehicle Collisions
Cyclists
Involved in Motor Vehicle Collisions
Fatality
Collisions
Injury
Collisions
Pedestrians
Involved in Motor Vehicle Collisions
Cyclists
Involved in Motor Vehicle Collisions
1997 6 - 599 - - - - - - -
1998 5 - 687 - - - - - - -
1999 4 - 550 - 36 25 - - - -
2000 2 - 611 - 30 22 - - - -
2001 1 - - 335 35 21 - - - -
2002 5 - - 429 33 33 - - - -
2003 6 - - 476 22 38 - - - -
2004 3 - - 475 27 24 - - - -
2005 5 5 - 441 34 44 - - - -
2006 2 2 - 456 36 40 - - - -
2007 2 2 - 382 36 31 3 145 7 12
2008 0 0 - 335 34 35 2 133 6 4
2009 - 1 - 294 46 38 2 130 7 13
2010 - 4 - 230 29 34 0 137 11 6
2011 - 0 - 223 31 23 1 129 11 7

Source: Transportation Services Department, City of Burlington.

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