The latest statistics from London Police say local drivers were involved in more than 10,000 crashes in 2015.
London Police said Tuesday morning the number of collisions in the city has hovered around the 10,000 mark for the last several years despite education campaigns and repeated warnings.
“That’s too high in my opinion and again that numbers doesn’t include the number of very minor collisions that don’t get reported to the police,” Sgt. Amanda Pfeffer with the Traffic Management Unit tells AM980.
“We are consistently sending out messages about the dangers of distracted driving, about the dangers of speeding and being an aggressive driver as well as impaired driving. And yet, it seems that year after year we’re still seeing the same enforcement numbers in relation to all of those major safety risks on the roadway.”
The list of London’s top 10 crash-prone intersections in 2015 was also released. Wellington Rd. South and Exeter Rd. topped the list with 91 collisions last year. That intersection placed 11th in 2014.
“There is an incredibly large volume of traffic that flows through that intersection on a daily basis. There are several shopping centres as well as access to the 401, and many commuters use that route as well between the city of St. Thomas and London. Of course, we expect to see our busiest intersections at the top of this list, that only makes sense. Although it’s somewhat surprising to see Wellington and Exeter at the top, like I said, it is one of our busiest intersections in the city.”
Falling from first place in 2014 to second in 2015 was Wellington Rd. and Commissioners Rd. East with 82 crashes.
Highbury Avenue North and Oxford St. East rounded out the top three with 73 collisions. That intersection placed second in the ranking in 2014.
- 91 collisions Wellington Rd. South at Exeter Rd. (11)
- 82 collisions Wellington Rd. at Commissioners Rd. East (1)
- 73 collisions Highbury Ave. North at Oxford St. East (2)
- 72 collisions Wharncliffe Rd. North at Oxford St. West (6)
- 68 collisions Hamilton Rd. at Highbury Rd. North (3)
- 68 collisions Adelaide St. North at Oxford St. East (10)
- 67 collisions Fanshawe Park Rd. East at Adelaide St. North (5)
- 67 collisions Wonderland Rd. North at Oxford St. West (4)
- 66 collisions Sarnia Rd. at Wonderland Rd. North (7)
- 63 collisions Highbury Avenue North at Huron St. (-)
Officers say they ticketed 2491 people for the offence in 2015 an increase of 15 per cent over 2014.
London Police say they’ll continue to be proactive with their enforcement throughout the city at intersections with a high collision rates.