The Regional Municipality Of York


York Region records fewer collisions in 2019

Collisions on Regional roads decrease annually by approximately 5% despite increase in traffic volume

Newmarket – York Regional Council received the 2020 Traveller Safety Report which provides a breakdown of collision data occurring on Regional roads during the previous calendar year. In 2019, there was a 10-year low in the number of collisions happening on Regional roads.

“York Region roads carry more than six billion vehicle-kilometres of travel annually and more than two million trips are taken daily on our roads, sidewalks and bike lanes,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “We all have a role to play to ensure roads remain safe.”

The 2020 Traveller Safety Report collects data from a variety of sources, using the information to better understand traveller behaviour and determine initiatives to increase safety for all road users.

“We are continually exploring and implementing safety measures to help decrease the number of collisions on our roads,” said Township of King Mayor Steve Pellegrini, Chair of the Region’s Transportation Services. “Winter means shorter days and drivers, pedestrians and cyclists all can benefit from being more aware of their surroundings when travelling in the dark.”

Pie chart illustrating driver actions in collisions

Additional highlights in the report include:

  • More than 50% of fatal collisions are related to motorists speeding
  • 94% of pedestrians and 82% of cyclists involved in collisions result in injury or death
  • 89% of collisions are a result of improper driving
  • 30% of collisions are a result of following too closely
  • 80% of collisions had some form of driver inattention or distracted driving as contributing factors

York Region is implementing new initiatives to enhance safety measures including piloting automated speed enforcement in community safety zones, no right turns on a red traffic light, fully protected left turns, safety education campaigns and using a data-driven approach for engineering safer roads.

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 54,000 businesses with over 650,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at


Media Contact:

Tamara Ostrowski, Corporate Communications,
The Regional Municipality of York
Phone: 1-877-464-9675, ext. 71226 Cell: 905-251-6412
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