The total number of traffic collisions in Saskatchewan is up 5% from 51,733 in 2008 to 54,229 in 2009.

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1 2009 Summary The total number of traffic collisions in Saskatchewan is up 5% from 51,733 in 2008 to 54,229 in The number of fatal collisions decreased 2% over the past year from 132 in 2008 to 129 in The number of personal injury collisions decreased 2% over the past year from 5,143 in 2008 to 5,037 in The highest number of fatal collisions occurred in November, while the highest number of injury collisions occurred in September. Friday was the most collision-prone day of the week. The most collision-prone period of time was the afternoon rush hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Collision rates were highest among drivers between the ages of 16 and 25. Driver inattention, distraction, drinking, impairment and inexperience/confusion were the most frequently identified human condition factors contributing to casualty collisions in Saskatchewan in Twenty-seven per cent of fatal collisions and 55% of personal injury collisions occurred at intersections. Collision rates (per million vehicle km) on rural roads are 1.9 times higher than on provincial highways. Thirty per cent of pedestrians killed in traffic collisions in 2009 had consumed alcohol prior to the collisions. Forty-one per cent of fatal collisions and 10% of injury collisions involved a drinking driver. Vehicle occupants who did not buckle up were 10 times more likely to be killed than those who wore a seatbelt.

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3 Preface Preface The Traffic Accident Information System (TAIS) compiles information on traffic collisions occurring on Saskatchewan roads. Collisions involving bodily injury or death, a hit and run, an out-of-province vehicle, an unregistered vehicle, an impaired operator and collisions where vehicles have to be towed are reported through police agencies. A Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) form is completed in accordance with Section 253 of The Traffic Safety Act and forwarded to Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI). Information on all other types of collisions is collected through SGI s claims reporting process. Both data sources are combined to create TAIS. The collision database and its publications are administered by SGI. TAIS provides comprehensive collision data to many agencies for the design and evaluation of traffic safety programs. The importance of accurate and timely collision data is evident by such initiatives as Transport Canada s Road Safety Vision This is a national initiative to make Canada s roads the safest in the world. The strategic objectives of the plan are to raise public awareness of road safety issues; improve communication, co-operation and collaboration among road safety agencies; enhance enforcement measures and improve national road safety data quality and collection. The collection of traffic collision information is made possible by the efforts and dedication of law enforcement and SGI staff who investigate, report and record the information on TAIS. i

4 Quick Facts Inside Front Cover Page Section 1 Historical Trends 1 Figure 1.1 Trends in Licensed Drivers, Vehicle Registrations and Collisions Trends in Casualty Collision Rates by Vehicles, Drivers and Population Trends in Collision Rates for Provincial Highways and Rural Roads Trends in Total Victims by Road System Trends in Property Damage Only Collisions Trends in Personal Injury Collisions Trends in Fatal Collisions Trends in All Reported Collisions 6 Table 1.1 Property Damage Only Collisions by Month and Year Total Injuries by Month and Year Total Deaths by Month and Year Total Collisions by Month and Year 8 Section 2 Time of Occurrence 9 Figure 2.1 Persons Injured by Month of Occurrence Persons Killed by Month of Occurrence Total Collisions by Month of Occurrence Provincial Highway Collisions and Travel by Time of Day Provincial Highway Collisions and Travel by Day of Week 12 Table 2.1 Collisions and Victims by Month of Occurrence Collisions During 2009 Holiday Periods Collisions on All Roads by Time of Day and Day of Week 12 Section 3 Major Contributing Factors 13 Figure 3.1 Major Contributing Factors by Collision Severity Major Contributing Factors in Collisions by Road System 19 Table 3.1 Top 10 Contributing Factors in Fatal Collisions During All Major Contributing Factors in 2009 Fatal Collisions Count of Human Condition Factors by Severity of Collision Count of Human Action Factors by Severity of Collision Count of Vehicle Condition Factors by Severity of Collision Count of Environmental Condition Factors by Severity of Collision Count of Human Condition Factors by Road System Count of Human Action Factors by Road System Count of Vehicle Condition Factors by Road System Count of Environmental Condition Factors by Road System 19 Section 4 Environmental Factors 21 Figure 4.1 Collisions by Road Surface Condition Collisions by Light Condition Collisions by Weather Condition 23 Table 4.1 Collisions by Road Surface Condition and Severity Collisions by Light Condition and Severity Collisions by Weather Condition and Severity Intersection-Related Collisions by Severity Non Intersection-Related Collisions by Severity Collisions by Configuration and Severity Collisions by Configuration and Road System 25 ii

5 4.8 Vehicles in Collisions by Roadway Alignment and Severity Collision Events by Severity of Collision Collision Events by Road System Vehicles in Collisions by Road Characteristics and Severity 27 Section 5 Driver Factors 29 Figure 5.1 Drivers in Collisions and Relative Risk by Driver Age Convictions and Collisions by Age Group 40 Table 5.1 Licensed Drivers and Drivers in Collisions by Driver Age Licensed Drivers by Age, Gender and Year Drivers in Collisions by Age, Gender and Year Drivers in Collisions by Age, Collision Severity and Year Number of Charges Resulting from Collisions by Severity of Collision Number of Occurrences of Human Action by Age Number of Charges Resulting from Collisions by Age Number of Occurrences of Human Condition by Age Number of Drivers Involved in Collisions by Licence Class and Age Number of Drivers Involved In Collisions by Year and Age Convictions 2004 to Criminal Code Convictions 2004 to Convictions, Licensed Drivers and Drivers in Collisions by Age 40 Section 6 Vehicle Factors 41 Table 6.1 Number of Vehicles in Collisions by Vehicle Type and Severity Number of Vehicles in Collisions by Vehicle Type and Road System Number of Vehicles in Collisions by Vehicle Type and Type of Towed Trailer Number of Vehicles by Pre-Collision Vehicle Action and Severity Collisions Involving Dangerous Goods Truck Collisions by Year Trucks Involved in Collisions by Truck Type Motorcycle/Moped/Power Cycle Collisions by Year Vehicle Registrations (Insured Year) 46 Section 7 Victims and Safety Restraints 47 Figure 7.1 Fatal Classification Injury Classification Severity of Injury by Safety Restraints Use 51 Table 7.1 Victims Injured by Road User Class and Age Group Victims Killed by Road User Class and Age Group Victims Injured or Killed by Road User Class and Gender Vehicle Occupants by Injury Class and Safety Restraints Used Vehicle Occupants by Injury Class and Age Group Definitions Injury Classifications and Vehicle Occupants 52 Section 8 Fatal Collisions 53 Table Fatal Collision Summary Listing of Fatal Collisions 57 Section 9 Pedestrians 65 Table 9.1 Pedestrians Injured or Killed by Age Group Pedestrians Injured or Killed by Action and Age Group Pedestrians Injured or Killed by Road System Pedestrians Injured or Killed by Time of Day 68 iii

6 9.5 Pedestrians Injured or Killed by Month 68 Section 10 Alcohol 69 Figure 10.1a Total Collisions Involving Alcohol by Year b Total Injury Collisions Involving Alcohol by Year c Total Fatal Collisions Involving Alcohol by Year a Percent of Total Collisions Involving Alcohol by Year b Percent of Total Injury Collisions Involving Alcohol by Year c Percent of Total Fatal Collisions Involving Alcohol by Year Alcohol-Involved Collisions by Month Injuries Due to Alcohol-Involved Collisions by Month and Year Deaths Due to Alcohol-Involved Collisions by Month and Year Collisions Involving Drinking Drivers by Day of Week Collisions Involving Drinking Drivers by Time of Day Drinking Drivers by Driver Age Injury Class by Alcohol Involvement 80 Table 10.1 Number of Collisions and Victims Involving Alcohol by Year Percent of Collisions and Victims Involving Alcohol by Year Alcohol-Involved Collisions by Month and Year Injuries Due to Alcohol-Involved Collisions by Month and Year Deaths Due to Alcohol-Involved Collisions by Month and Year Collisions Involving a Drinking Driver Collisions Involving Pedestrians or Bicyclists That Had Been Drinking Injury Classification of Vehicle Occupants by Alcohol Involvement Drinking Drivers by Gender and Severity of Collision Drinking Drivers in Collisions by Gender by Year Drinking Drivers in Collisions by Collision Severity by Year 82 Section 11 Traffic Collision Statistics 83 Figure 11.1 Traffic Collision Rate Map by Rural Municipality 119 Table Traffic Collision Statistics by Highway Control Section Traffic Collision Statistics by Urban Communities with a Population of 5,000 or More Pedestrian Collisions in Urban Communities with a Population of 5,000 or More Bicycle Collisions in Urban Communities with a Population of 5,000 or More Alcohol-Involved Collisions in Urban Communities with a Population of 5,000 or More Traffic Collision Statistics by Intersection Three Cities Traffic Collision Statistics in Urban Communities with a Population Between 250 and 5, Traffic Collision Statistics by Rural Municipality 112 Section 12 Other Provinces 121 Figure Casualty Rates per Billion Vehicle Kilometres 123 Table 12.1 Total Collisions and Casualties in Canada /2007 Seatbelt Use in Canada by Province/Territory List of Provincial Contacts 124 Appendix 125 Section A 1.1 Collision History on Provincial Highways 126 A 1.2 Collision History on Urban Streets 127 iv

7 A 1.3 Collision History on Rural Roads 128 A 1.4 Collision History on Other Roads 129 A 1.5 Collision History on Rural and Other Roads Combined 130 A 1.6 Collision History on All Provincial Roads 131 A 1.7 Collision History Rates All Provincial Roads 132 A 2 Fatal Accident Location Map - Rural Provincial Highways 133 A 3 Saskatchewan Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Report Form 134 A 4.1 Saskatchewan MVA Report Form Template Front 135 A 4.2 Saskatchewan MVA Report Form Template Back 136 Glossary 137 v

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