Vehicle collisions increase in Sarnia last year

Sarnia Police reported 1437 collisions in 2017, 56 more than 2016

Sarnia saw a four percent increase in vehicle collisions in 2017 compared to the previous year.

In 2017, Sarnia Police reported 1437 collisions involving 2746 vehicles up from 1381 collisions in 2016.

Officers investigated three fatal collisions throughout 2017– one more than 2016.

Injuries occurred in 17.5 percent of 2017 collisions totaling 252 collisions. That number is slightly down from 2016 where 18.8 percent of collisions resulted in injury.

Of the over 1400 collisions, 24 involved pedestrians, 23 involved cyclists, and 15 involved motorcycles.

Where London Road crosses Murphy Road had the most incidents with Sarnia Police reporting 19 collisions at the intersection.

Other “top” intersections include Exmouth Street and Murphy Road where there were 16 collisions and Devine Street’s crossing with Indian Road which saw the same number of collisions.

Fifteen collisions were reported at Exmouth Street and Lambton Mall Road and Exmouth Street’s intersections with Pontiac Cresent witnessed 13 collisions.

About half of the collisions were reported between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. and Thursday was the most active day for collisions.

November was Sarnia’s busiest month for collisions with 150 reported while December was the slowest with 90 reported.

While poor weather or wet roads were factors in some collisions, most of Sarnia’s collisions happened when roads were dry and environmental conditions were clear.

Drivers were driving properly in 809 collisions.

Sarnia Police also reported 30 collisions involving alcohol or drugs, but that doesn’t necessarily mean drivers were impaired.

Below is a map showing intersections in Sarnia with ten or more collisions in 2017. For an interactive map click HERE.

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