10 people get hit by a car in Toronto EVERY DAY. If these were shootings, the whole city would freak out constantly. The local media freaked out when 33 shootings happened in the summer of 2005, dubbing it “The Summer of the Gun”… but 1000 people getting hit by cars means nothing.
Why aren’t these stats public? Why did a police officer have to provide these “under the table”?
According to new statistics from the Toronto police, 542 pedestrians and 541 bikers have been hit by cars since Jun. 1. The 1,083 collisions works out to 9.5 crashes every day, or one every 2.5 hours.
The stats were posted online Thursday by Kyle Miller, an urban planner who has been tracking pedestrian and cyclist collisions broadcast by the Toronto police Twitter account. But he discovered that the tweets were only the tip of the iceberg when a police officer reached out to him this week and provided the complete stats. It turned out that the police account was only tweeting out about one third of collisions.