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Death On Manitoba Roads – 2016 Worst Year In Decade

Winnipeg, Manitoba – 112 people died on Manitoba’s roads this year, compared to 78 in 2015.

It was the most deadly year on Manitoba roads in a decade.

“2016 was a tragic year for road fatalities in Manitoba,” said Crown Services Minister Ron Schuler. “Not since 2006 have we lost as many people in motor vehicle collisions and our sincere condolences go out to the families and friends of the 112 Manitobans who lost their lives in roadway crashes.”

“These terrible outcomes must serve as a reminder to all Manitobans to drive safely in 2017,” said Schuler.

In addition, MPI says another 19 Manitobans died in snowmobile and all-terrain vehicle collisions.

According to preliminary analysis, there has been an increase in impaired driving, speed, distracted driving, drivers not wearing their seatbelts, and these are contributing factors in the increase in fatal conditions.

MPI has issued a call-to-action for road safety, and has shared some life-saving safety tips:

  1. Have a plan before you head out for an evening of partying. Take a cab home or have a designated driver selected beforehand.
  2. If you must text or answer the phone, pull your vehicle over to a safe area. Texting while driving takes your eyes off the road and significantly increases the chance of being involved in a collision.
  3. Never get into a vehicle with a driver who has been drinking or consuming drugs. It could be the last thing you do.
  4. Speed kills! Be aware of the posted speed limit and drive to road and weather conditions.
  5. Buckle up – every time, whether you’re a driver or passenger, and no matter how short your trip is. It takes one second and could very well save your life.

Spencer Fernando, MyToba News

Photo courtesy MyToba’s Andrew McCrea

Spencer Fernando is a columnist and reporter for MyToba News. You can read more of Spencer’s writing at his website SpencerFernando.com
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