Deadly car col­li­sions up in 2015

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEF - Mem­phré­m­a­gog MRC

The Sureté du Québec has re­leased its road ac­ci­dent re­port for 2015, re­veal­ing a 13 % in­crease in deadly col­li­sions com­pared to 2014. The num­ber of deadly col­li­sions went from 216, in 2014, to 245 in 2015. The most fre­quent causes of mor­tal col­li­sions were: speed­ing and dan­ger­ous driv­ing (26%); de­creased ca­pa­bil­i­ties due to al­co­hol, drugs or fa­tigue (17%); and dis­trac­tions while driv­ing (5%).

An­other im­por­tant find­ing was that 21 % of those who died in car col­li­sions were not wear­ing a seat­belt.

There was an in­crease of 30% in mor­tal col­li­sions in­volv­ing mo­tor­cy­cles. On a pos­i­tive note, there was a de­crease of 38 % in road ac­ci­dent vic­tims from the 16 to 24 year-olds group.

De­spite the in­crease in mor­tal col­li­sions be­tween 2014 and 2015, the 2015 to­tal is still 10 % less than the av­er­age num­ber of mor­tal col­li­sions in the years 2010 to 2014.

France Bo­nen­fant will be fol­lowed by An­dré-Jean Bé­dard and fi­nally Guy Ouel­let will be last be­fore the next elec­tion.

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