“Decrease traffic collisions by 5% annually” measures success in increasing public safety on our streets.
How are we doing?
In 2016, the number of traffic collisions in Saskatoon decreased by 7.3% to 7,158 from 2015 numbers.
|Number of Collisions||7601||7786||7487||7723||7158|
|Targeted annual decrease (5%)||6800||6460|
How are other cities doing?
The number of traffic collisions in Saskatoon per 1,000 people is second only to Calgary when compared to other Western cities.
Source: Saskatoon Police Service
What do we need to do to achieve this target?
Saskatoon Police Service is working to reduce traffic accidents as one of four priority areas in their 2015–2019 Business Plan to create a safe and secure community. The addition of a new integrated traffic section with the RCMP, funded by SGI, will enforce traffic laws and reduce accidents.
The City of Saskatoon’s 2014 Traffic Safety Action Plan (TSAP) will focus on reducing accidents associated with the following:
- Aggressive driving
- Distracted driving
- Impaired driving
- Older drivers
- Young drivers
- Vulnerable road users (e.g. pedestrians, bikers)
What are the benefits of achieving the target?
A reduction in vehicle collisions means
- Fewer fatalities and injuries
- Less property damage
- Smoother traffic flow
- Increased productivity (less time off for injuries and dealing with damaged vehicles)
The TSAP identified the direct cost of collisions to be $57.52 million per year and societal costs to be $261.2 million per year in Saskatoon. A 5% reduction in collisions means a $2.9 million savings in direct costs and a $13.1 million savings in societal costs.
What are the risks?
- Unusually bad weather conditions increase traffic collisions.
- More vehicles and road infrastructure congestion increase traffic violations and collisions.