Statistically speaking in Waterloo Region if there is one place you don’t want to be on any given Friday in October at 5pm it is on the corner of Ottawa Street and Homer Watson Boulevard. Chances are high that you’ll be involved in a rear-end collision.
According to statistics compiled for 2011:
Most collisions happened on Fridays
Most happened in October
5 p.m. was the most common collision time
Most were rear-end collisions
Reported collisions involving intoxicated drivers decreased slightly to 1.5% from 2% in 2010
There were six collisions with horse-drawn vehicles. The same as the past two years
The number of collisions increased 4% from 5809 to 6031
There were 6,031 collisions injuring 1,379 people (38 more than 2010).
16 people died in 15 accidents, double the deaths in 2010 and more than triple the number in 2007
151 pedestrians were involved in collisions, up from 119 the year before and 122 in 2007.
Top 10 collision hot spots:
Ottawa Street at Homer Watson Boulevard
King Street at Fountain Street in Cambridge
University Avenue between Regina Street and Weber Street
Franklin Boulevard at Can Amera Parkway
Courtland Avenue/Fairway Road at Manitou Drive
King Street at University Avenue
Eagle Street between Hespeler and Industrial Road
Franklin Boulevard at Elgin Street/Saginaw Parkway
King Street at Fairway Road
Homer Watson Boulevard at Manitou/Doon Village Road