A man sits behind the wheel of a car, using an iPhone in a distracted driving stock photo.A Toronto Police road safety report for the first quarter of 2017 shows the number of deaths on city streets has dropped considerably from the same period last year.

And the results of the first phase of a pilot project that tested two different oral-fluid screening devices, which involved voluntary roadside drug testing, were promising.

However, far too many motorists are still driving distracted and police say five of the seven pedestrian fatalities so far this year could have been prevented if the victims crossed the street legally at “appropriate locations.”

Road collisions (to date)

2016: 15622

2017: 15811

Difference: 1%

Road deaths (to date)

2016: 20

2017: 14

Difference: -30%

Distracted driving tickets (as of April 3)

2016: 1345

2017: 1840

Difference: 37%

Alcohol-impaired driving arrests (as of April 5)

2016: 298

2017: 267

Difference: -11%

Drug-impaired driving arrests (as of April 5)

2016: 10

2017: 12

Difference: 18%

Oral-fluid screening (phase one of pilot project)

Motorists stopped by RIDE: 86

Motorists stopped randomly: 120

Drivers tested: 187

Passengers tested: 18

Device malfunctioned: 26

Average time for test: 7.2 minutes

No drugs detected: 194

Cannabis detected: 3

Cocaine detected: 4

Methamphetamines detected: 2

Amphetamines detected: 2

Opiates detected: 0

Benzodiazepines detected: 2

Source: Toronto Sun