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Fatal road collisions in Manitoba rose in 2015

Fatal road collisions were up in Manitoba in 2015, bucking the downward trend for the last few years.

RCMP Sargent Bert Paquet says the spike was mostly caused by reckless and impaired drivers.

“It is a continuing tragedy that so many Manitobans lose their lives on our roadways every year and that in so many cases these collisions are preventable.”

“We ask that all Manitobans help us make our roads safer: take some extra time to get to your destination, be sober and alert, slow down, put away your cell phone and to buckle-up when driving. Do it for you and for the ones you love.”

In 2015, 70 collisions resulted in the death of 79 people, compared to the 69 accidents that killed 74 people in 2014.

Speed was cited as the cause behind almost half of the cases.

Around 40 per cent of cases were caused by drug or alcohol impairment, while 40 per cent of the deceased were not wearing seat belts.

Fortunately, both those stats were down from 2014.

Here’s a full breakdown:

Of the 70 fatal road collisions in 2015
· 63 were roadway crashes (59 in 2014)
· 7 were off-road vehicle crashes (9 in 2014)
· 6 of the fatal collisions involved pedestrians or cyclists
· 5 of the fatal collisions involved motorcycles.
· The five-year average (2010-2014) for fatal collisions is 78.6 with 88 deaths.

Location by RCMP Districts
· 32 fatal collisions took place in the eastern part of the province
· 30 fatal collisions in the western part of the province
· 8 fatal collisions in the northern part of the province

Contributing Factors
· In 46 per cent of the collisions, speed or driving too fast for road conditions was cited as a contributing factor.
· In 40 per cent of the collisions, impairment by alcohol or drugs was involved (5 per cent less than 2014).
· 7 cases of impairment involved drugs (2 in 2014).
· 40% of the deceased were not wearing seatbelts (down from 48 per sent in 2014).
· 4 fatal collisions involved a driver using a hand-held electronic device or cell phone while driving as a possible contributing factor.

—ANDREW McCREA, MyTOBA.ca

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