Over 1, 200 Road Traffic Collisions In 2017

January 10, 2018

Last year there were a total of 1,240 road traffic collisions, which is an average of approximately 3.3 per day.

“2017 Numbers: 1240 collisions – 606 damage, 555 minor injury, 64 serious injury, 15 fatal. This is approx 3,493 police hours responding, investigating, computer work, court files prep or 349 10-hour shifts. Hours not spent engaged in gun, gang violence reduction & crime detection,” the police posted on social media.

Slideshow showing a few of the collisions in 2017:


Speaking at a press conference last year, Minister of Transport & Regulatory Affairs Walter Roban said, “Road traffic accidents are taking a terrible toll on Bermuda, and they mostly affect younger people in the prime of life.

“The number one external cause of death in Bermuda, [i.e. death that is not from illness or disease], is transport accidents at 34.8%. This is higher than the second leading cause, which is homicide, and the third leading cause, falls, combined.

“In Bermuda, transport accident rates among males are nearly three times higher than the OECD average. In 2015, motorcycles were involved in close to 90% [actual figure 87.5%] of deaths due to transport accidents.

“In fact, in 2015, Bermuda had the worst rate of injury in road traffic collisions of all 35 OECD countries.”

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  1. jeremy deacon says:

    What these stats don’t tell us is the cost. Last year we were told that the cost of diabetes was, I think, $15m over ten years. The figure was revealed as part of a campaign to help us combat the problem.
    My guess is that the annual number of accidents will have a higher cost – but where is the campaign?

  2. sage says:

    Transport accidents are over 1/3 of all fatalities

    Still no statistics on the role alcohol plays in serious injury and deaths, not even a mention of it in this report, apparently although the law is there requiring testing for all accidents, no one cares enough to ask why people are not doing their job and are clearly defying the law, and none of the law and order types care either.

  3. PBanks says:

    This needs to be front and centre. Govt, stop the flowery press releases and get on the process of helping change the driving culture.

    BPS, continue and advance your visibility. Get bad drivers off the road.

    Friends and family members also need to stress the importance of individual lives to those bad drivers. Convince them to curb their reckless, self-centered activity.

  4. And what relevance is this to defensive drivers whom have exemplary driving record unblemished…exactly?