WINNIPEG – Mounties say speed and seat belts are the two main causes leading to a spike in highway deaths in the province.
82 people have died in crashes so far this year, on track to double last year’s total of 55.
“Almost any single-vehicle collision, such as a rollover, is survivable if you’re going within the speed limit and wearing a seatbelt,” says Sgt. Mark Hume, in charge of western Manitoba Traffic enforcement. “It’s very rare that a vehicle rolls and would kill people that are buckled up and were driving normal speeds.”
Hume says surveys show 95 percent of rural Manitoba drivers buckle up.
“It’s a small percentage of the population that aren’t wearing seatbelts. I think if they knew those numbers, that all these people being killed by not wearing seatbelts, I think that would encourage them to wear seatbelts more.”
Hume adds they ticketed about 300 people for speeding, distracting driving or not wearing their seatbelts this past holiday weekend in Western Manitoba.