STATISTICS - Motor Vehicle Deaths 2008 to 2018

BC Coroners ServiceThe B.C. Coroners Service has released a document describing motor vehicle related deaths in the province covering the period 2008 to 2018. Here are the findings presented in the document's overview:

  • In 2018, 314 British Columbians died in motor vehicle incidents. The average annual numberof MVI deaths in B.C. between 2008-2018 was 326.
  • In 2018, the crude MVI death rate was 6.3 per 100,000 population. The average annual ratewas higher from 2008-2010 (8.7) than from 2011-2018 (6.5).
  • Sixty-one percent (61%) of decedents were drivers or passengers in personal vehicles.Eighteen percent (18%) were pedestrians and 11% were motorcyclists.
  • More than two-thirds of decedents (69%) were male.
  • Between 2008-2018, the months with the highest average annual number of pedestriandeaths were November (7.6) and December (7.1). For other road users, the average annualnumber of deaths per month was highest for August (31.1) and July (29.5).
  • Approximately one-third of all MVI deaths (34%) between 2008-2018 occurred in the InteriorHealth Authority region.
  • Based on data available from 2008 to 2016, one-third of deaths (34%) resulted from MVIsinvolving drugs and/or alcohol.
  • Alcohol and/or drug involvement was identified as a contributing factor in 52% of deathsof 19-29 year olds and 51% of deaths of 30-39 year olds.
  • Based on data available from 2011 to 2016, 29% of decedent drivers and passengers werenot wearing a seat belt.
  • Seventy-one percent (71%) of females were using a restraint, vs. 49% of males.



Death rate/100,000 going down

Does not make sense. 2008 - 2010 rate 8.7. 2011 - 2018 rate 6.5. Speed limits were raised in 2014 and from what most people here post the death rate sky-rocketed at that time. Why does it show overall rate lower?

Odd break down. Why not split 50/50 year wise.

Sky-rocketed huh?

Yeah, if ants were making rockets, the rockets would sky-rocket even if they only traveled 2 cm up, wouldn't they?

The rates that "sky-rocketed" were isolated to the specific sections of highway that saw the speed-limits increased where maybe 1 or 2 people have died before the limit increase, and 3-4 died after the increase, a change so incidental and statistically aberrant/insignificant that it should never have been used for statistical blanket statements. And this was following the two of the snowiest winters in over 10 years; and some of the particular hwy sections in the study that claimed that the rates were sky-rocketing were not even properly documented - so the study used all the recorded motor-vehicle related deaths in the vicinity of the specific sections - even the ones that happened on near-by local roads. For all we know those deaths may have never happened on the highway at all.

Right after the study came out I went and checked the data for some of the concerned sections of the Coq (Hwy 5) automated traffic counting stations that is publicly posted on stats Canada website. From what I recall the average traveling speeds actually went down 2 years immediately after the speed limit increase, most likely due to the bad weather conditions in the following winters.

Disappointingly I don't recall any news articles / titles at the time screaming that increasing signed speed-limits slows average travel speeds down. News were screaming sky-rocketing death rates, oust Minister Stone, reverse speed-limit increases, and speed kills, kills, kills.

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