Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Figures Show Lowest Fatal Accident Numbers in Saskatchewan in Decades

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Figures Show Lowest Fatal Accident Numbers in Saskatchewan in Decades

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Figures show less carnage on Saskatchewan roads

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REGINA - Preliminary figures show that Saskatchewan recorded its lowest traffic fatality numbers last year since the 1950s.

Saskatchewan Government Insurance says in a release that there were 102 deaths in 2017 compared with 125 in 2016.

SGI says the last time Saskatchewan recorded fewer traffic deaths was in 1954. Some 74 people were killed that year at a time when there were less than one-third the number of registered vehicles in the province as there are now.

An all-time high was reached in 1974 when 306 people died, but the Crown insurer says fatalities have been gradually decreasing after peaking in the 1960s and 1970s.

A special committee was formed in 2012 when numbers spiked again and it recommended a number of initiatives and new legislation to improve traffic safety.

SGI says impaired and distracted driving, speed and lack of a seatbelt or occupant restraint remain the top contributing factors in vehicle deaths. …

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