Delta Police have released the results of a review prompted by the recent spate of serious and fatal traffic collisions.
In the latter part of 2016, police responded to a number of incidents predominantly on Ladner Trunk Road, as well as three on Nordel Way. As a result, the department conducted a review of the collisions to determine if there were any causal linkages or factors that could be identified and subsequently addressed to promote safer roadways.
“The Delta Police remain committed to doing all we can through enforcement and education to make our roads safe,” said Delta Police Chief Dubord. “What we cannot control is driver behavior.
The review looked at incidents from 2014 through to November, 2016, and focused on the stretch of Ladner Trunk Road between 96 Street and 120th Street in which the majority of collisions occurred.
During this three year period there were a total of 44 collisions; 19 in 2014; 11 in 2015 and 14 in 2016. Of the 44 incidents, four were fatal collisions, claiming six lives.
The review identified a wide range of contributing factors, the most common of which were traffic rear-enders, alcohol/impaired driving, distracted drivers, unsuccessful merging, unsuccessful u-turns and falling asleep at the wheel.
In addition, it found that the most common time of crashes was around 3 p.m. and the highest percentage occurred on Monday through Thursday. The analysis showed that most of the drivers involved were in their 30s, with the second largest group being in their 20s, and more male drivers than female drivers were involved in serious and/or fatal collisions.
“Please take these stats and contributing factors seriously. Lapses in judgment or inattention have life altering outcomes,” Dubord said. “It truly is the responsibility of all drivers to make our roads safe.”
Though Nordel Way was not specifically captured in the review analysis, speed was determined to be a significant and primary contributing factor in two of the three fatal collisions that occurred along that stretch of road in 2016.