Map of the week: Fatal traffic accidents
|PAWEL DWULIT/TORONTO STAR|
As with the homicide maps, it takes a couple of years' worth of data for patterns to be very clear, but a few things stand out.
One is how relatively safe the 400-series highways actually are. Could it be consistency of driver behaviour?
We can also see some problem intersections. Three people have died at Taunton Rd. and Lake Ridge Rd. in Whitby this year, in two separate accidents.
Another is how dangerous rural roads can be. Even bearing in mind the cautions about generalizing from small sample sizes, the pattern is still very clear:
GTA communities: 2008 road deaths to date per 100,000