Kamloops residents on track to run their vehicles into more buildings than usual this year

KAMLOOPS - If you thought it seemed like a lot of Kamloops buildings are being hit by vehicles you'd be right.

According to statistics from ICBC, drivers hit stationary objects like walls or buildings in the city about 11 times a year, though the last couple years there have been fewer incidents.

There have been at least nine buildings hit in 2016, along with a railing around a patio and one fire hydrant. From media reports and social posts so far this year, six businesses have been hit along with two apartment buildings and a library branch.

While 11 is the average in a year, Kamloops has been trending downwards over the past five years. In 2011, there were 15 buildings hit by vehicles, with just seven last year.

Kelowna has a five year average of 15 vehicle vs. building incidents, with a high of 21 in 2012 and lows of nine in 2013 and 2014.

Vernon has been holding pretty steady with an average of five collisions a year, including a high of just six and low of four.

Based on recent population statistics residents of Kelowna are much less likely to hit buildings with their vehicles than Vernon and Kamloops. One in just over 9,500 residents will hit a building in an average year in Kelowna, while in Kamloops and Vernon odds are about one in 8,100.

Similarly sized cities in B.C. vary too. Prince George residents seem to be able to avoid stationary objects, averaging just two a year, while residents in Nanaimo average just a couple fewer than Kelowna and Kamloops.

In B.C. more than 340 buildings or walls are hit by vehicles a year, most in the Lower Mainland.

All crash numbers are based on police reports to ICBC of vehicle-into-building crashes. Police aren’t required to attend every time a car hits a building as of 2008, so ICBC notes that caused the numbers to fall.

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