Data details dangerous crossings in Kamloops

The intersections of 12th Street and Tranquille Road on the North Shore and Notre Dame Drive and Summit Drive in Sahali have registered the most pedestrian injuries or deaths in a five-year period from 2013 to 2017, according to ICBC statistics

Statistics provided by ICBC range from 2013 through 2017 and include 131 incidents involving a pedestrian injury or fatality in Kamloops.

The two worst intersections in the city are at 12th Street and Tranquille Road on the North Shore and Notre Dame Drive and Summit Drive in Sahali, each with five incidents over the five-year period.

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But Seymour Street downtown is where pedestrians fare the worst in the city.

Seymour and Fourth Avenue is the third-worst intersection in the city, with four incidents over that time period, but there are other problem areas on Seymour, including where it intersects with Second and Third avenues, where three incidents each were recorded. Seymour at Fourth, Fifth and Seventh avenues all had a pair of incidents recorded.

Data from Statistics Canada is not specific to pedestrian incidents, but the agency does provide statistics on hit-and-runs from Kamloops RCMP.

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From 2014 through 2018, drivers in Kamloops failed to stop or remain at the scene of an accident 209 times, an average of about 42 times per year. The rate at which Kamloops drivers did so (44.36 per 100,000) was slightly higher than the provincial average of 41.18 per 100,000.

In 2018, 11 of the 47 hit-and-run incidents were cleared by police, resulting in seven people charged.

On average, about one in four hit-and-run incidents in B.C. results in a driver being charged.

The BC Coroners Service compiles its own statistics and reported that 314 pedestrians were killed in the province in 2018.

All vehicle incidents account for deaths at a rate of 6.3 per 100,000 and about 18 per cent of vehicle incident deaths are pedestrians.

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