Manitoba records second-worst February for road deaths in two decades

MPI says deadly month follows one of the safest years on record

Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) reported nine road deaths in the province last month—making it the second-worst February for road fatalities in two decades.

The province had a total of 13 road deaths throughout the first two months of 2018, which is almost three times higher than in 2017 and twice as high as the five-year average.

Related: MPI reports second-lowest rate of road deaths in 35 years

“The number of fatalities on Manitoba roadways last month should be a wake-up call to all drivers, particularly with several weeks of winter weather and road conditions still ahead of us,” Ward Keith, MPI’s vice-president of business development, said in a news release

According to preliminary data, nearly half of February’s crashes involved impaired driving. Others involved drivers not wearing seatbelts, speeding and driving too fast for road and weather conditions.

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