We now have 2016 HRM vehicle-pedestrian collision data which we present along with comparisons of previous years.
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The 206 reported vehicle-pedestrian collisions last year is slightly lower than the average from 2012 through 2015 (212).
Collisions in Crosswalks
The percentage of collisions in crosswalks has remained more or less the same over the years at around 60%.
2.5 times as many collisions occur with vehicles turning left as compared to turning right.(2015 and 2016 data)
Age of pedestrian
The age group with the most pedestrians involved in a collision are those age 21 through 30, representing more than 25% of all collisions. 20% of collisions involved someone under the age of 21 while 16% of pedestrians struck were over the age of 60. (2013 through 2016 data)
SOTs (Summary Offence Tickets)
Over the past two years less than 40% of vehicle-pedestrian collisions resulted in a ticket being issued, to either the driver or pedestrian. (2015 in orange, 2016 in purple)
SOTs (all issued; not only in conjunction with a collision)
The number of tickets issued for cell phone use has dropped by almost 50% since 2012.
On the other hand speeding tickets have been up, down, down and up over the past number of years.
Tickets to drivers for infractions relating to crosswalks (whether resulting in a collision or not) increased sharply in 2016. Specifically, tickets issued for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk with a walk light increasing from an average of only 14 in earlier years to 108 in 2016.
The number of tickets to pedestrians remains more or less the same, about two-thirds of which were for walking on the road where a sidewalk exists.
By Police Division
While no specific study has been done to show how crosswalk flags have influenced these results, we do note the greatest decrease in vehicle-pedestrian collisions (2016 vs 2015), occurred in the East (Dartmouth) division where the greatest number of crosswalk flags were installed in the previous 15 months.
|Police District / Division
||Jan 2015 – Dec 2015
||Jan 2016 – Dec 2016
|West (Bedford +)