Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Manitoba RCMP Blame Speed, Alcohol, Lack of Seatbelts for Road Deaths

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Manitoba RCMP Blame Speed, Alcohol, Lack of Seatbelts for Road Deaths

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Manitoba RCMP blame speed, alcohol for road deaths

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WINNIPEG - Manitoba RCMP say last week was a deadly one on the province's roads.

Ten people died in collisions -- a number RCMP say they don't want to ever see repeated.

The most recent collision Friday morning at an intersection in Thompson claimed the life of a 57-year-old man.

Mounties say half of those who have died this year in fatal collisions weren't wearing seatbelts.

In almost 50 per cent of deadly crashes, speed was involved while impaired driving was a factor in almost 40 per cent.

Chief Supt. Mark Fisher says drivers can expect to see more officers on the road handing out tickets as police focus on road safety.

"Manitobans know they must wear a seatbelt, yet our officers are responding to people being ejected from their vehicles on a regular basis. …

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