Orillia, ON - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has released their 2017 traffic
data, noting increases in almost all fatality categories.
On the road:
A total of 343 people died on OPP-patrolled roads last year, marking a five-year
high. By comparison, there were 307 deaths in 2016.
The OPP responded to 68,794 collisions last year, 304 of which were fatal. By comparison,
there were 67,450 crashes in 2016 with 275 of the incidents resulting in fatalities.
Three of the Big Four fatality causal factor categories were up last year over the
Forty eight (48) motorcyclists died last year, marking the highest number of motorcycle
deaths in ten years. Also marking a ten-year high are the 27 motorcyclists who were
driving properly (not at fault) at the time of the collision. There were 36 motorcycle
deaths in 2016.
Ninety one (91) people died in 76 collisions that involved a commercial transport
truck, marking another ten-year high. By comparison, 77 people died in 66 fatal
transport truck collisions in 2016. The driver of the transport truck accounted
for 15 of last year's 91 fatalities, while 76 of the victims were in other vehicles
involved (69), four (4) were pedestrians and three (3) were passengers in the transport
Fewer pedestrian were killed last year with 27 deaths, compared to 39 deaths in
Snowmobile fatalities reached an all-time record high in 2017, with 29 deaths. Excessive
speed, loss of control and driver inattention led the list of primary causes. There
were 16 snowmobile deaths in 2016.
Marine (boating) fatalities reached an eight-year high with 31 people dying last
year, compared to 23 deaths in 2016. With falling overboard being the lead contributing
factor both years, the outcome could have been different for the 42 victims who
were found not (or not properly) wearing a personal floatation device over the two-year
A total of 22 people died in off-road vehicle incidents last year which is the same
number of deaths as in 2016. A pproximately half of those who died over the two-year
period were found not wearing a helmet.
"The OPP is saddened and disappointed to see 2017 mark one of the worst years in
recent history for fatalities on and off the road. As is the case every year, the
majority of these deaths were preventable and attributed to poor driving behaviours.
Until all drivers respect and observe road, off-road and marine laws that are designed
to keep us all safe, these tragic deaths will continue". - Commissioner J.V.N. (Vince)
HAWKES, Ontario Provincial Police
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