Manitoba Public Insurance says collision claims in Manitoba rose in 2012 – up 7.8 per cent since 2011.
“There were 161,466 collision claims reported last year compared to 149,764 in 2011,” said MaryAnn Kempe, spokesperson for MPI. “Many of these collisions were directly related to drinking and driving, speeding, aggressive driving and distracted driving – all behaviours which can be easily changed.”
Kempe said the claims will cost MPI $330 million, up more than 11 percent from 2011.
About 100 people are killed on Manitoba roadways each year, with about 25 percent of those due to distracted drivers, said Kempe.
May 13-20 is Canada Road Safety Week.