After dealing with seven fatal motor vehicle collisions in Brant County last year, a 250 per cent increase, the OPP ramped up its efforts to make the county’s roads safer.
“So far in 2019, we have not had any fatal collisions and we have been working hard to have an impact on these numbers,” said the County of Brant OPP in a statement. “The OPP identified areas with the County of Brant that over the last five years had the highest number of fatal and personal injury collisions. We then created focused patrols in those areas whic h were created to change the driving behaviour of motorists who travel those roadways. This was achieved by increased police presence and through education and enforcement. Our efforts were measured through over 150 hours of increased visibility/enforcement and over 150 charges laid within these areas. Our measure of success, however, is the decrease in collisions and resulting decrease in injury and death. We are glad to pass along a couple of our areas where focused patrols have made a significant difference since January 1, 2019.”
Highway 403 between Garden Avenue and Rest Acres Road has seen a 45 per cent decrease in property damage collisions and a 25 per cent decrease in personal injury collisions and a 26 per cent overall decrease in collisions versus the five-year year average.
Highway 24 has seen a 10 per cent decrease in property damage collisions and a 25 per cent decrease in personal injury collisions and a 20 per cent overall decrease in collisions versus the five-year average.
The Brant OPP will be continuing our efforts to change driving behaviour to make roads safer over the next several months at the following locations: Cockshutt Road, Hwy #54 – a joint partnership with Six Nations Police Service – and Highway 24.
“No one wants a speeder in front of their house or on their road, but whose house are you speeding in front of? Be a responsible road user in our community and do your part to keep everyone safe everywhere in Brant County,” said Inspector Lisa Anderson, Brant OPP detachment commander.
Anyone with information regarding any incident is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at http://www.crimestoppers-brant.ca, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.