MPI: 2017 road fatalities second lowest in 35 years

Published: January 25, 2018

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones

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Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) has announced 2017 had the second lowest number of fatal road collisions in 35 years. Citing data collected throughout last year, the public auto insurance provider says there were 65 fatal accidents in the province during 2017.

From those collisions, there were 73 fatalities, with some of the accidents having more than one fatality. Broken down, MPI says seven victims were motorcyclist and 11 were pedestrians. The insurer says not a single cyclist lost their life on roads last year.

“While it is very positive that road fatalities in 2017 were the second lowest in the last 35 years in Manitoba, the fact that 73 lives were lost is a stark reminder that much work still needs to be done to change the driving culture within our province,” said MPI chief administrative officer Ward Keith.

In contrast to 2017, 2016 was a year with a high fatality rate. So much so, MPI made an effort to remind drivers through the year to drive more carefully.

The only years with fewer fatalities than 2017 in the last 35 years was 2014, with 68 recorded deaths on provincial roads.