Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics: 2003

Transport Canada
Motor Vehicle Safety
Collected in co-operation with the
Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators

TP 3322
Cat. T45-3/2003E
ISBN 0-662-38046-0
October 2004

Table of Contents

2003 - Casualty Rates

 

Per 100,000 Population 

Per Billion Vehicle-Kilometres Footnote 1

Per 100,000 Licensed Drivers 

Fatalities

Injuries

Fatalities

Injuries

Fatalities

Injuries

Canada

8.8

702.7

8.9 711.0 13.0

1,036.9

N.L.

7.9

550.8

11.0

768.5 11.8 821.9

P.E.I.

11.6

728.6 12.0

753.3

16.5

1,033.9

N.S.

7.5 565.3 6.7

504.1

10.6

802.7

N.B.

12.4

601.8

11.8 572.5 17.7

859.0

Que.

8.3 746.5 8.4 754.3 13.3

1,200.6

Ont.

6.9 636.0 7.3 669.2 9.9 911.3

Man.

8.9 841.2 8.5 795.9 15.2

1,425.1

Sask.

14.9

760.5

12.1 618.0 22.1

1,131.5

Alta.

12.2 837.9 9.8 671.8 16.3

1,118.0

B.C.

10.6 739.8

12.9

902.5

15.5

1,081.0

Y.T.

22.5

749.2 14.1 468.3 30.6

1,019.8

N.W.T

7.2 410.5 8.2 471.4 10.2 585.7

Nunavut

20.4

n.a.

n.a.

n.a.

n.a.

n.a.

Collisions and Casualties - 1984 - 2003

 

Collisions

Victims

FatalFootnote 1

Personal-InjuryFootnote 2

Fatalities Footnote 3

Injuries Footnote 4

1984

3,580

165,221

4,120

237,455

1985

3,774

179,704

4,364

259,189

1986

3,510

184,053

4,068

264,481

1987

3,729

193,237

4,286

280,575

1988

3,610

190,094

4,154

278,618

1989

3,651

192,595

4,246

284,937

1990

3,445

178,515

3,963

262,680

1991

3,228

170,693

3,690

249,217

1992

3,073

169,640

3,501

249,821

1993

3,121

168,106

3,615

247,588

1994

2,869

166,780

3,263

245,110

1995

2,854

164,190

3,351

241,935

1996

2,708

156,282

3,091

230,890

1997

2,647

150,118

3,064

221,349

1998

2,612

148,414

2,949

217,803

1999

2,636

151,110

2,985

222,551

2000

2,569

156,000

2,927

227,458

2001Footnote *

2,434

151,834

2,781

221,121

2002

2,593 Footnote r

157,074 Footnote r

2,930 Footnote r

227,973 Footnote r

2003Footnote *

2,496   

154,225

2,778

222,260

Fatalities - 1984-2003

Fatalities by Road User Class - 1999-2003

Road User Class

1999

2000

>2001

2002

2003
Drivers # 1,531  1,467  1,443 1,514 Footnote r 1,473

%

51.3 

50.1 

51.9 

51.7  53.0
Passengers

#

720 

749 

654 

712 Footnote r   656
  

%

24.1 

25.6 

23.5 

24.3  23.6

Pedestrians

#

419 

372 

335 

368 Footnote r 378
  

%

14.0 

12.7 

12.0 

12.6  13.6

Bicyclists

#

68 

40 

60 

63 Footnote r 45
  

%

2.3 

1.4 

2.2 

2.1  1.6

Motorcyclists Footnote *

#

160

173 Footnote r

157 Footnote r 172  178
  

%

5.4 

5.9 

5.7 

5.9  6.4

Not stated / Other

#

87 Footnote r

126 Footnote r

132 Footnote r 101 Footnote r 48

%

2.9 

4.3 

4.7 

3.4  1.7

Total

#

2,985 

2,927

2,781

2,930 Footnote r 2,778

%

100.0 

100.0 

100.0 

100.0 100.0

2003 - Fatalities and Injuries by Age Group

Age Group Fatalities Injuries
0 - 4 30 2,866
5 - 14 78 12,397
15 - 19 327 27,757
20 - 24 353 29,304
25 - 34 419 40,053
35 - 44 449 38,266
45 - 54 396 30,080
55 - 64 228 17,150
65 + 469 16,682
Not stated 29 7,705
Total 2,778 222,260

Licensed Drivers and Motor Vehicle Registrations by Type of Vehicle 1984-2003(in thousands)

  Licensed Drivers Footnote 1 Passenger Automobiles Commercial VehiclesFootnote 2 MotorcyclesFootnote 3
1984 15,540 10,781 3,119 507
1985 15,964 11,118 3,213 487
1986 16,226 11,586 3,285 465
1987 16,927 11,686 3,659 448
1988 17,155 12,086 3,850 400
1989 17,592 12,380 3,962 378
1990 17,718 12,622 4,000 359
1991 18,090 12,578 3,516 350
1992 18,465 12,781 3,461 339
1993 18,843 12,925 3,455 337
1994 19,243 13,131 3,510 330
1995 19,327 13,192 3,535 320
1996 19,964 13,251 3,620 312
1997 20,148 13,515 3,684 319
1998 20,744Footnote e 13,887 3,767 334
1999 20,934 16,538 722 274
2000 20,593 16,832 739 311
2001 20,879 17,055 729 318
2002 21,163 17,543 724 350
2003 21,436 17,755 740 373

2003 - Number of Collisions by Location

Location

Fatal

Personal Injury

Urban Footnote 1

 936

110,511

Rural Footnote 2

1,539 41,639

Not stated

21

    2,075

Total

2,496

154,225

2003 - Number of Licensed Drivers by Gender and by Age

Age Group

Males

Females

Total Footnote *

< 16

25,568 17,371 42,939

16 - 19

556,591 488,455 1,045,047

20 - 24

915,231 839,161 1,754,394

25 - 34

1,969,364 1,864,187 3,833,556

35 - 44

2,454,013 2,306,489 4,760,515

45 - 54

2,260,193 2,098,220 4,358,434

55 - 64

1,558,098 1,366,467 2,924,581

65 +

1,517,455 1,190,353 2,707,821
Not Stated 4,368 4,370 8,738

Total

11,260,881

10,175,073

21,436,025

Percentage of Driver and Passenger Fatalities and Serious Injuries Where Victims Were Not Using Seat Belts - 2002-2003

  

2000

2001

2002

2003

Drivers

Fatalities

36.8

38.7

36.4

36.8

Serious Injuries

15.5

16.0

13.2

14.6

Passengers

Fatalities

35.2

41.1

33.9

37.4

Serious Injuries

21.4

23.1

19.1

19.8

"Serious Injuries" include victims admitted to hospital for treatment or observation.

Note: The percentage of serious injuries where victims were not using seat belts does not reflect data for British Columbia.

2003 - Percentage of Driver and Passenger Fatalities and Serious Injuries by Age Group

Age
Group
Fatalities Serious Injuries

Drivers

Passengers

Drivers

Passengers

0 - 4 0.0 2.2 0.0 5.2
5 - 14 0.3 6.8 0.4 10.8
15 - 19 9.7 18.6 10.5 19.2
20 - 24 12.9 16.2 14.1 14.3
25 - 34 18.3 12.7 20.6 12.5
35 - 44 19.6 8.9 18.9 9.7
45 - 54 16.5 9.3 15.7 8.1
55 - 64 9.4 4.7 9.5 6.7
65 + 13.3 19.1 9.9 9.5
Not Stated  0.1  1.5 0.4 3.9
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

Note: The percentage of drivers and passengers seriously injured by age group does not reflect data for British Columbia.

2003 - Percentage of Fatally Injured Drivers Tested and Found to Have Been Drinking (BAC > 0 mg %Footnote *)

2003 - Percentage of Fatalities and Serious Injuries by Road User Class

Road User Class

Fatalities

Serious Injuries

Drivers

53.0 51.0

Passengers

23.6 27.6

Pedestrians

13.6 9.8

Bicyclists

1.6 3.0

Motorcyclists

6.4 6.7

Not Stated/Other

1.7 1.9

Total

100.0

100.0

Note: The percentage of serious injuries by road user class does not reflect data for British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador.

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