DPD Conduct Review on Spate of Serious and Fatal Collisions in 2016

Release Date/Time: January 19, 2017 12:05pm

During the past several months of 2016 there have been a spate of serious and fatal collisions that have occurred in Delta predominately on Ladner Trunk Road with three also occurring on Nordel Way.

In the interest of public safety, Delta Police conducted a review of the collisions to determine if there were any causal linkages or factors that could be identified and subsequently addressed to promote safer roadways.

The Delta Police Review captured incidents from 2014- November 2016 and focused on the stretch of road on Ladner Trunk Road between 96 Street through to 120th Street in which the majority of collisions occurred. During this three year period there were a total of 44 collisions; 19 in 2014; 11 in 2015 and 14 in 2016. Of the 44 incidents 4 were fatal collisions that claimed 6 lives.

From the Review, there were a wide range of contributing factors identified but the following is the most common of the contributing factors;

  • Traffic rear- enders
  • Alcohol/Impaired
  • Distracted drivers
  • Unsuccessful merging
  • Unsuccessful u-turns
  • Falling asleep at the wheel

The Nordel Way stretch of road was not specifically captured in the Review analysis, however, it is important to note that in two of the three fatal collisions that occurred, in 2016 on Nordel Way, speed was a significant and primary contributing factor.

In addition to the noted factors, it appears that the highest crash time identified was 3:00 p.m., with the highest percentage occurring on weekdays (Monday-Thursday). Additionally, these collisions involved drivers in their 30’s followed by drivers in their 20’s. Further, the gender analysis showed more male drivers than female drivers were involved in these serious and/ or fatal collisions.

The sad and unfortunate reality is that these collisions were avoidable and all have carried devastating consequences to those directly involved and their families and friends.

Chief Dubord stresses, “The Delta Police remain committed to doing all we can through enforcement and education to make our roads safe. What we cannot control is driver behavior, please take these stats and contributing factors seriously. Lapses in judgment or inattention have life altering outcomes.  It truly is the responsibility of all drivers to make our roads safer.”