Fewer people died on Manitoba’s roadways in collisions last year, new statistics from RCMP show.
In 2014, there were 68 fatal collisions in the province, resulting in 73 deaths. While RCMP say one death is one too many, last year saw a significantly lower number of fatal collisions on average.
In 2013, there were 81 fatal collisions resulting in 95 deaths. The five-year average (2009-2013) for fatal collisions is 82.8 with 92 deaths.
More than half of the fatal collisions last year were contributed to driving too fast for the road conditions (56 percent), while impairment by alcohol or drugs followed second (43 percent).
One fatal collision was the result of a driver using a hand-held electronic device behind the wheel.
“The RCMP asks all motorists to slow down, buckle up, and drive sober. Stay safe out there so everyone can get home safely to their families,” a news release read.