Impaired driving accounted for close to half of the deaths on Manitoba roadways last year, according to Manitoba Public Insurance.
In total, 71 people were killed in auto-related crashes in 2018, with 42% of those deaths attributed to impaired (alcohol or drugs) driving. Speed was a contributing factor in 17% of 2018 deaths, while 28% of deaths were due to occupants in the vehicle not wearing a seatbelt.
“Families, friends, acquaintances and work colleagues are all affected by these deaths,” said Satvir Jatana, vice-president responsible for Communications, Manitoba Public Insurance in a press release. “Our goal remains to Save The 100 on our roadways. But everyone needs to do their part. High-risk driving behaviours are dangerous to everyone on the roads.”