14 people die each year on Manitoba’s gravel roads
Published: August 27, 2018
Updated: February 27, 2019
Author: Luke Jones
Driving on gravel roads can be dangerous as the erratic nature of the surface can make vehicles less stable. Still, a recent release from Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) shows over a thousand motorists were caught committing a driving infraction on gravel roads in the province during 2017.
The data was prepared in collaboration with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) through its partnership to better record incidents on gravel roads. More than 3,000 collisions were reported on dirt roads in the province and driving outside the law on these roads can prove very dangerous:
“On average, 14 people are killed and nearly 500 people injured in crashes on gravel roads in Manitoba annually,” said MPI vice president of business development & communications Ward Keith in a statement.
Alcohol plays a key role in many of the deadly collisions, with impaired driving involved in around 40% of fatalities. Keith adds that speeding was involved in 20% of the fatal collisions.
Drivers caught by the RCMP received tickets for a wide variety of infractions. The already mentioned alcohol and speeding, distracted driving, not wearing a seatbelt, and not stopping at designated intersections were the most common offences.
“Regardless if you are driving on a gravel road, an urban street or the Trans-Canada Highway, the laws are the same. Hopefully our increased presence on gravel roads will encourage drivers to slow down, buckle up, pay attention to the road, and drive sober,” commented chief superintendent Mark Fisher.