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Friday of a Long Weekend Most Deadly on Manitoba Roads: MPI

July 28, 2016 3:31 PM | News

By Brian Schultz

Pedestrian Accident

Before hitting the road this long weekend, Manitoba Public Insurance wants to ensure you keep it safe.

Friday is typically the worst weekend for road fatalities, according to the public auto insurer.

This year has already recorded higher than normal fatal accidents.

On average, one person is killed and more than 80 others are injured over a long holiday weekend — with Friday being the worst day.Thirty-five percent of all holiday long weekend road deaths and injuries occur on the Friday, MPI says. Claims data collected between 2011 and 2015 also shows Saturday and Monday have the smallest proportion of victims per day.

“There is never a safe time to drive distracted, fatigued or impaired,” said Ward Keith with MPI.

“If you do, you are not only risking your own life, but endangering the lives of other road users. The statistics confirm that road safety needs to be a priority for all motorists as we head into this August long holiday weekend when traffic on provincial highways is typically more active.”