According to the Sûreté du Québec’s annual road safety report, there were almost 100 fewer road fatalities in the province compared to 2010 as the number reached decade-long lows last year.
Road collision-related deaths dropped to 216 in 2019, compared to 237 in 2018.
“Although police forces are continuing their efforts to improve overall road safety, this cannot be done without the cooperation of road users,” states the SQ’s French news release.
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The SQ says that speeding is still the number one cause of deadly crashes in Quebec, accounting for almost 30% of 2019’s road fatalities. At 10%, driving while impaired is the number two cause of road-related deaths.
Sûreté du Québec says it arrests an average of 17 people a day throughout the province who are driving while impaired.
The news release concluded by noting that “it is clear that wearing a seatbelt has a direct impact on the severity of injuries in road collisions.” A total of 25 fatality victims were reportedly not wearing a seatbelt in 2019, down from 45 the year before.