By: Luke Jones, Published on June 30, 2017 05:34 PM, Last Update on June 30, 2017 02:35 PM
Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) says that one-quarter of all vehicles it observed through a recent campaign were exceeding the speed limit for the road they were on.
In a report issued this week, the public insurance provider held a speed awareness campaign between May 1 and 6, observing that 25% of 9,400 vehicles were breaking the posted speed limit. In a press release this week, MPI said that it monitored a total of 38,000 vehicles across 29 communities as part of the Citizens on Patrol Program titles ‘Spotlight on Speed’.
Data released from the provincial auto insurer for Manitoba shows that speeding results in 21 deaths each year and causes 600 injuries in the province.
“The results of the ‘Spotlight on Speed’ week confirm that many drivers still do not understand the dangers associated with speeding,” said Ward Keith, MPI’s vice president of business development and communications and chief administrative officer. “Speeding is a high-risk driving behaviour that can have tragic consequences. Last year was the deadliest year on Manitoba highways in a decade and some of those crashes were speed related.”
Maintaining or driving below the speed limit is even more important over long weekends, like this week’s Canada Day. Traffic is heightened and Manitoba highways become more dangerous if drivers exceed the speed limit. Indeed, MPI says over the last five long July weekends between 2012 and 2016, speed was a factor in more than 200 injury collisions.
“Unfortunately, some drivers don’t think about the dangers of speeding, which can include driving over the posted speed limit or driving too fast for conditions,” Keith said. “The reality is that speeding reduces reaction time and extends stopping distances, both of which can contribute to unnecessary collisions, serious injury, or death.”