According to an article in the August 18th edition of The Ottawa Citizen, a recently released city report names the intersection at Riverside Drive and Hunt Club Road the most dangerous in Ottawa. With 53 crashes reported in 2011, Riverside/Hunt Club has the highest number of collisions of any signal-controlled intersection in the city, a dubious honor it holds for the second year in a row. In 2010, the same intersection was the site of 43 reported accidents.
The rest of the intersections named in report are listed in descending order according to the number of reported collisions:
- Belfast Road at St. Laurent Boulevard (32)
- Baseline Road at Woodroffe Avenue (31)
- Catherine Street at Kent Street (30)
- Walkley Road at Hawthorne/Russell Roads (30)
- Prince of Wales Drive at West Hunt Club Road (30)
- Blair Road at Blair Road Ramp 36 (29)
- Clyde Avenue at Merivale Road (29)
- Industrial Avenue at St. Laurent Boulevard (29)
- Baseline Road at Greenbank Road (28)
- Beechwood Avenue at Crichton Street (28)
Although the total number of collisions in Ottawa increased to 15,295 in 2011 from 14,953 in 2010, the number of accidents resulting in injuries and fatalities actually decreased. Fatalities alone dropped a dramatic 34% from 38 in 2010 to 25 in 2011 – the lowest number of fatalities in 6 years. Interestingly, none of the fatalities occurred at the intersections above. These decreases are even more significant considering that the number of registered drivers and vehicles actually increased during the same time period.
The study follows last year’s revamping of the Safe Roads Ottawa Program initially launched in January 2004. The program focuses on the 3 E’s (Engineering, Education, and Enforcement) and aims to reduce the overall number of collisions in Ottawa by increasing public awareness and coordinating efforts between road safety and enforcement agencies.
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Some information sourced from an article in the Ottawa Citizen.