Traffic and Road Safety Statistics

Criminal Code of Canada Traffic Offences in the City of Ottawa increased by 18 percent in 2019. Of all Criminal Code Traffic Offences, Operation while impaired/low blood drug concentration violations accounted for 554 (or 67 percent) of all Criminal Code Traffic Offences, a decline of seven percent since 2018.

Provincial Offences Act (Part I) tickets are issued under multiple provincial statutes. Provincial Offence Notices (PON) categories include moving, document, equipment and parking violations. Moving violations generally refer to offences that occur while a vehicle is in motion, including failing to yield right-of-way or failing to stop at a traffic signal. Document violations refer to “paper violations” such as offences relating to insurance, licenses and permits. Equipment violations are related to vehicle maintenance and the use of safety equipment such as seatbelts, and the use of hand held devices.

In 2019, approximately 55,000 traffic-related Provincial Offences Act (Part I) tickets were issued, representing a four percent increase from 2018. Approximately 41 percent of the tickets issues in 2019 were moving violations.

 

Overall motor vehicle collisions (MVC) increased by 16 percent to 18,884 in 2019. Property damage collisions accounted for 85 percent of all MVC investigated by the OPS. There were 2,637 collisions causing injuries and 22 fatal collisions in 2019, two fewer fatal collisions than the 24 recorded in 2018. In 2019, 24 persons were killed in collisions, unchanged from the number of fatalities recorded in 2018. Two of the 24 collision deaths related to the OC Transpo bus crash in January 2019, while another stemmed from a workplace accident in a parking lot.  There were eight drivers killed in 2019, down from 13 driver fatalities in 2018.  The number of fatalities involving passengers in 2019 remained static at four. Three cyclists died in road fatalities in 2019 versus zero deaths involving cyclists in 2018; while there were nine fatalities involving pedestrians, two more than in 2018.

In 2018, new distracted driving legislation was announced to help make Ontario roads safer. The new legislation came into effect on January 1st 2019.