Canada: Impaired driving caused nearly half of road deaths in Manitoba in 2018

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.”