Distracted driving continues to be a serious traffic safety concern in the city.
The total number of tickets issued the first three months of the year is 37% higher than the year before, notes the Traffic Services Road Safety Recap Report.
“It’s a priority for the Service to keep the roads safe and stopping people from driving while distracted by handheld devices is a major concern,” said Traffic Services Constable Clint Stibbe.
Based on 2016 preliminary data, there were 7,435 motor vehicle collisions in Toronto where at least one driver was noted as inattentive. Of those collisions, eight were fatal, 2,642 had injuries and 4,785 resulted in property damage.
The report also shows statistics from a pilot project of drug screening devices the Service is conducting along with others across Canada. Volunteers who are deemed not to be impaired are being tested using the devices. Just over 5% had traces of drugs, the most, four, being positive for cocaine.
Stibbe said the report is designed to raise awareness about traffic safety, something that will help prevent collisions. In the pedestrian safety category, the report notes that, of the seven fatalities this year, all were avoidable. Pedestrians crossing at mid-block continues to be a deadly problem.