Saanich Police dealt with 64 collisions involving pedestrians in 2018. (Black Press file photo)

August is the deadliest month for motor vehicle crash fatalities

Pedestrian fatalities highest in November

August is the deadliest month for fatal motor vehicle incidents involving non-pedestrians, while November is the deadliest month for pedestrians.

According to statistics from the B.C. Coroners Service, more than 31 road users (other than pedestrians) have died each August between 2008 and 2018. July (29.5) and September (26.5) have historically recorded the second and third-highest rate. Counting pedestrian fatalities, the total August average is 34.6.

While monthly figures may vary from year to year — July was the deadliest month in 2008 with 50 fatalities (other than pedestrians), for example — the broader picture shows a distinct pattern. Fatalities in the summer months are almost twice as high as in the shoulder months. Figures for February between 2008 and 2018 show 16.6 road fatalities (other than pedestrians).

RELATED: Collisions involving bicycles rose 25 per cent in Saanich in 2018

RELATED: Motorcycle riders dying at alarming rate on Vancouver Island

RELATED: Saanich reports 64 collisions involving pedestrians in 2018

A closer look also reveals another pattern. The number of pedestrian fatalities generally tends to fall as the days get longer. Conversely, the figure generally rises as the days get shorter. Figures show 3.5 pedestrian deaths in June, July and August, 4.9 in September, 5.6 in October, 7.6 in November, and 7.1 in December before dropping to 6.5 in January, 5.4 in February, 4.9 in March, 3.5 in April, and 1.6 in May.

Overall, 42 per cent of all fatalities are drivers themselves, followed by passengers with 19 per cent, and pedestrians with 18 per cent. Riders of motorcycles and mopeds account for 11 per cent of fatalities, followed by cyclists, commercial drivers, and other, each with three per cent respectively. Motorized wheelchair riders account for one per cent.

Almost seven out of 10 fatalities are men, and more than one-third of deaths stemming from motor vehicle incidents involve drugs and/or alcohol.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

wolfgang.depner@saanichnews.com

Just Posted

Experience automotive classics and more at the Vancouver Island Concours d’Elegance

Motorcar Weekend features Show and Shine, high-end Concours division, all for a great cause

Boom & Bust: a history of the resilient women of Telegraph Cove

Author spends four years tracking down women to write about their experiences.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria sees delays in expansion

Rising construction costs prompt AGGV to look at different design and funding options

Tofino douses Atleo Air firefighting heroes with support

Community says thanks after chopper volunteers extinguish remote brush fire

Mitchell’s Musings: Time flies faster in new millenium

Like Steve Miller before him, columnist feels time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping

70 years of lifting: Canadian man, 85, could cinch weightlifting championship

The senior gym junkie is on track to win the World Masters Weightlifting championship

U16 B.C. fastpitch team named national champs

Girls went undefeated at national tournament in Calgary

Advocates ‘internationalize’ the fight to free Raif Badawi from Saudi prison

Raif Badawi was arrested on June 17, 2012, and was later sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for his online criticism of Saudi clerics

Canadian entrepreneurs turning beer byproduct into bread, cookies and profits

Some breweries turn to entrepreneurs looking to turn spent grain into treats for people and their pets

Canada ‘disappointed’ terror suspect’s British citizenship revoked

Jack Letts, who was dubbed “Jihadi Jack” by the U.K. media, has been detained in a Kurdish prison for about two years

Chrystia Freeland condemns violence in Hong Kong, backs right to peaceful assembly

There have been months of protests in the semi-autonomous region

B.C. VIEWS: Log exports and my other errors so far in 2019

Plastic bags, legislature overspending turn out differently

Most Read