The Top 10 Ontario Cities with Road Rage
November 30, 2022, Kitchener, Ontario
Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer
The OPP has reported that aggressive and dangerous driving has increased dramatically since COVID began. The precise reasons for this are uncertain. In Ontario this year there have been more than 48,000 traffic violations handed out for aggressive driving infractions. Road rage, baiting other drivers, and tailgating are common offences.
A recent article in MyChoice.ca an insurance comparison website, covered the TOP 10 list of cities with the most road rage incidents. They report 48,537 infractions which included:
- failure to stop,
- failure to signal,
- improper lane change,
- improper passing,
- following too closely and
- distracted driving
According to the site:
Driving is one of the most common activities in everyday life but can also be one of the riskiest. Whether you are a driver or a passenger, chances are you have witnessed road rage or experienced aggressive driving at some point.
According to the OPP, Ontario's speeding and aggressive driving deaths reached a decade high last year with 81 people tragically losing their lives in speed-related fatalities. In a recent study conducted by My Choice, we explored our database of over 250,000 insurance quotes to identify the cities in Ontario with the most aggressive drivers in 2022.
We found that the top three cities in Ontario with the worst road rage incidents were located in North York, Hamilton and Mississauga. Rounding off the top ten cities were Mississauga, Scarborough, Brantford, Etobicoke, Toronto, Kitchener and London. From our findings were able to identify that, speeding and improper lane changes took the top spots for rude driving behaviour in Ontario.
“Road rage can affect your driving, which in turn can result in a ticket or worse, an accident, which will ultimately lead to your insurance premium rising,” said Aren Mirzaian, CEO, My Choice. “Obeying the rules of the road and controlling your emotions will not only keep your insurance premiums in check but most importantly, keep you and others around you safe.”
Our data scientists and classified the following driving violations in determining the most aggressive drivers: speeding, failure to stop, failure to signal, improper lane change, improper passing, following too closely and distracted driving/prohibited use of handheld device.
Road rage can be a highly emotional act. In hindsight it is almost always regretted as a stupid act that results in high fines, points being assessed against the driver(s), and charges being laid. Insurance implications are often significant as well.
If you find yourself the victim of a road rage incident call 911, pull over and stay in your car until help arrives. Do not engage with the other driver.
If you are losing your cool behind the wheel pull over, take a moment to breathe and collect yourself and evaluate what your actions are and what the consequences will be.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident resulting from road rage please contact one of our experienced personal injury lawyers today. The first consultation is free.
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