The effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on traffic characteristics was documented yesterday, April 20, 2020, on HIghway 401 at Graham Road near West Lorne, Ontario. This documentation is subsequent to an article posted on the Gorski Consulting website showing the effects of the pandemic on the speeds and volumes of traffic at four sites in and near London, Ontario. Recent news releases by the City of Toronto and police forces in Ontario have indicated “200 per cent” increases in the numbers of stunt driving infractions in the midst of lower traffic volumes from the Covid-19 shut down. These reports will be evaluated through this further study of traffic.
The present documentation at Graham Road was conducted over a 2 hour session over a distance of 600 metres. A previous videotaping session was conducted on November 4, 2018 thus a comparison will be possible to show the differences in speeds and traffic volumes between the two sessions.
It is likely that the number and severity of collisions in Ontario have been affected by the changes in traffic. Eventually it is expected that the Province of Ontario will release data on these collision statistics and there will be questions as to how and why those data have changed. Thus the current data collections will help in examining that future research.