Traffic deaths in 1969

Lately, Toronto residents have been justifiably angry because a number of pedestrians have been killed by drivers on Toronto’s streets. The plan to reduce road fatalities in Toronto does not appear to be working: according to Toronto police records, the fatality rate has been steadily climbing, with 66 people killed in 2018.

But, back in 1969, the fatality rate was far worse, if the December 30 1969 edition of the Toronto Daily Star was to be believed:


There were 151 people killed by vehicles in 1969, two short of the record set five years earlier. The article doesn’t indicate how many of them were pedestrians or other drivers.