Fatal Car Crashes on the Rise in Brampton
Car crashes can range from the minor fender bender to the more serious, fatal tragedy. In Brampton, there has been an alarming uptick in fatal collisions over the years.
In 2018 alone, several people in Brampton have sustained injuries from car crashes - most commonly, pedestrians have been hit by vehicles - a 73-year-old Hamilton woman was killed, and even a one-year-old child was injured in a Brampton crash.
Peel Regional Police respond to crashes throughout Brampton and Mississauga, and though car crash fatalities throughout the region are also on the rise, car crash fatalities in Brampton are on an even steeper incline.
According to the City of Brampton and Peel Regional Police, the number of fatal motor vehicle collisions has risen over a period of four years in Brampton.
Graphic courtesy of Brampton’s GeoHub
The rate of fatal motor vehicle collisions in Brampton and Mississauga is measured per 100,000 people. Brampton’s population according to the most recent census data is 593,638, or close to 600,000.
So, let’s talk numbers.
In 2012, fatal motor vehicle collisions in Brampton were at 2.11. By 2013, they dropped slightly to 1.5, they rose again in 2014 to 2.19, and in 2015 they rose again to 2.49.
And in 2016, they rose drastically to 3.29, the highest increase in fatalities over the four-year period.
Across Brampton and Mississauga from 2015 to 2016 alone, there has been a significant increase in car crash fatalities. In 2015, there were 27 fatalities across the region, and in 2016, that number rose to 34. That means fatal collisions are up by 23.8 per cent, according to Peel Regional Police.
What’s being done to prevent more fatal car crashes in Brampton?
According to the city, they are “monitoring this issue.”
“We are collaborating with the Region of Peel and other community agencies and stakeholders to implement the Region-wide Transportation Safety Strategic and Operational Plan, and commit to adopting the ‘Vision Zero’ framework whereby no loss of life is acceptable,” said the city on Brampton’s GeoHub platform.
“Motor vehicle collisions remain one of the leading preventable causes of injury and premature death worldwide,” said the city.
“We have a role to play in in the safe planning, design, operation and maintenance of Brampton streets. There are also streets in Brampton that the Region of Peel has oversight for (e.g. Mayfield Road, the Gore Road and Mississauga Road and others). The City and Region work collaboratively to monitor, upkeep and influence the safety of our roads.”
The city also has traffic calming initiatives in place, as well as road signs, for pedestrian and driver safety, which you can learn more about here.
Is Brampton doing enough to prevent fatal car crashes in our city?