Be Safe on the Road This Long Weekend: MPI

By Sarah Klein

As the long weekend draws closer, Manitoba Public Insurance is reminding motorists to be safe on the road.

MPI says from 2006 to 2010, the Canada Day holiday had a total of nine road fatalities. On average, nearly 207 people are injured over the Canada Day holiday period.

“We’re asking Manitobans to practise road safety this upcoming weekend,” said Ward Keith, MPI’s executive director driver safety and regulatory control.

“Canada Day should be a happy and safe celebration for all Manitobans. We know traffic volume increases over the summer holiday weekends. More than ever, road safety needs to be a priority for motorists during these peak traffic periods.”

Law enforcement will also be looking for speeders, seat belt infractions and drivers under the influence behind the wheel.