Ontario's 3 most dangerous drives
This year and last year were both terrible years for road fatalities in the province of Ontario. Last year the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to over 340 traffic fatalities in the province, marking a 5-year high. Looking at collisions that involved transport trucks, 2017 marked a 10-year high.
Though 2018’s numbers are still grimly rolling in, we have definitely seen our share of vehicle, cyclist and pedestrian accidents and fatalities across the province this year. The OPP mainly links speeding and unnecessary road risk as considerable factors that lead to road accidents at any time.
Today we’ll look at some of Ontario’s deadliest roads of the recent past. If you find yourself travelling these roads for a camping trip, cottage outing, or regular work commute, it’s imperative to exercise extreme vigilance and awareness concerning the road users around you.
Highway 48, between Bloomington Rd. and Smith Blvd (near Aurora)
This north-south road outside Aurora has one single lane going in either direction, so drivers in a rush might want to pass one another if they calculate that it’s safe enough to do so. Drivers who attempt this risky maneuver at the wrong time, however, have met calamitous ends.
This 24.9km highway has hosted 67% of Aurora/Barrie’s total collisions and the section that stretches between Bloomington Rd. and Smith Blvd has hosted 59% of them. If Highway 48 is in your neighbourhood, be cognizant of these numbers.
Highway 8, Canal Road (near Newmarket)
The notoriously tragic Canal Road along Highway 8 follows a river flowing out of Lake Simcoe near Newmarket. This stretch of road is particularly lackluster and can lead to driver inattention, especially when eyes decide to look at the nature around them rather than focus on the road ahead.
Unfortunately, Canal Road has seen drivers fall into the body of water beside them and struggle to resurface. Minor safety features have been improved on the road, but residents still call it a serious death-trap in need of consistent safety funding.
Highway 401, between Windsor and London
Highway 401 could’ve made this list dozens of times as one of the province’s busiest and most frequented throughfares. Locations between Pickering and Oshawa and stretches of the roadway near Whitby have some of the highest concentrations of road fatalities in the province.
The stretch between Windsor and London, however, received the ghastly nickname “Carnage Alley” in the 1990s after an 87-car pileup left eight dead and 45 injured.
Carnage Alley continues to stay true to its name today, as what CBC calls a “nondescript, boring agricultural landscape” sometimes makes drivers distracted or drowsy. The middle median barrier has been crossed multiple times leading to disastrous head-on collisions and multi-car pileups.
Safety advocates continue to demand a concrete barrier to protect drivers along this stretch of the 401.