Vacation period traffic safety statistics
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Traffic-related deaths were down this year but police say speed, distraction and impaired driving remain the three main causes of collisions.
The Sûreté du Québec exercised numerous operations across the province with an increased presence during the construction holiday period as the flow of traffic on the road network substantially increased.
In total, 22,143 reports of violations of the Highway Safety Code were submitted during this period including 13,754 tickets issued for speeding. In addition, 988 traffic stops were conducted concerning motorists impaired by alcohol, drugs or a combination of the two. Of the 508 drivers who were subjected to the approved screening device or movement coordination tests, 336 people were arrested for impaired driving ability.
There was a reduction in the number of collisions resulting in bodily injury with 490 collisions occurring this year compared to 660 at the same date last year. Unfortunately, eight deaths in eight fatal collisions occurred in the area served by the Sûreté du Québec during this period. However, this is eight fewer deaths than last year (16 fatalities in 16 fatal collisions). Speed, distraction and impaired driving remain the three main causes of collisions.
For many Quebecers, the vacation period will continue during the month of August. The Sûreté du Québec would like to remind residents to remain careful, both on the road and during their recreational tourism activities. Safety doesn't take a vacation! In collaboration with its partners, the Sûreté du Québec will maintain its awareness and intervention efforts on the entire road network, on trails and on the water.