The first three months of 2019 has seen an increase in the number of collisions on area roads, according to the Guelph Police Service. In January, February and March of 2019, there were 846 vehicle collisions reported to the Police, and increase of 55 from the same period in 2018.
A media statement from the Guelph Police announced the grim news for Guelph roads on Friday. According to the released statistics, February was the cruelest month with 312 of the 846 vehicle collisions reported in the shortest month of the year. The worst day of the week for accidents was Wednesday, and the worst time of day was between 3 pm to 5 pm.
In terms of the circumstances, nearly half of the collisions, 377 to be precise, occurred despite clear/dry road conditions. Ten of the collisions involved drugs or alcohol, 22 involved pedestrians, and two involved cyclists. On top of that, 139 of the incidents involved parties who failed to remain at the scene.
As reported earlier this year, increases in traffic collisions has been a trend on Guelph roads. There were 2,919 reported collisions between January 1 and December 31 in 2018, which was an increase of nearly 100 collisions over 2017.
As for where you’re most likely to get into an accident, Gordon Street and Wellington Street continue to be the most problematic areas.
The number one most dangerous intersection so far this year is College Avenue West and Gordon Street with 10, followed by Wellington Street West and Edinburgh Road South with nine. Silvercreek Parkway North at Speedvale Avenue West, Gordon Street at Wellington Street West, and Elmira Road at Woodlawn Road West round out the top five with eight, seven, and six respectively.
Silvercreek Parkway North at Speedvale Avenue West was the intersection with the most collisions in 2018 with 36, which suggests this corner continues to be a problem for road safety in Guelph.
The statistics reported by Guelph Police are courtesy of Accident Support Services International Ltd.