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The variety of collisions throughout P.E.I. is down 10 per cent this yr in comparison with the identical interval in 2022, says the media relations officer with the RCMP.
Cpl. Gavin Moore, going by statistics that have been a month previous, stated on Aug. 17 the variety of fatalities has additionally dropped.
“Clearly, we’ve had quite a lot of collisions and fatals since then,” Moore stated.
“The variety of fatals (as much as a month in the past) have been at a 3rd of the variety of fatals that we had by that point the earlier yr. However, with P.E.I. being so small, one or two fatals is important to us. That actually does change your numbers fairly rapidly.”
Moore didn’t have precise numbers and the provincial authorities’s web site doesn’t put up them till the top of the yr.
Final yr, for instance, there have been 1,506 collisions in P.E.I. In these accidents, 358 have been categorized as damage collisions. There have been 17 fatalities.
In 2021, there have been 1,482 collisions. Of these accidents, 352 have been categorized as damage collisions with 15 fatalities.
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Following is data on main elements that play into car collisions:
- Distracted driving
- Utilizing a cellphone whereas driving
- Environmental, akin to winter driving and hydroplaning
- Car elements, akin to defective brakes
There may be nonetheless a whole lot of time left in 2023 however on the fee the numbers are going, P.E.I. is on monitor to have fewer than the 1,506 collisions reported final yr, Moore stated.
In Charlottetown, the variety of collisions has been rising steadily since 2021.
Our key message, outdoors of not driving impaired, definitely can be distanced driving, staying off your telephone and pace.” – RCMP Cpl. Gavin Moore
Charlottetown Police Providers wouldn’t make anybody obtainable for an interview however did present statistics relationship again to 2020.
In 2020, metropolis police responded to 971 collisions, a quantity that jumped to 1,032 in 2021 and to 1,062 in 2022.
Up till July 31, there had been 633 collisions within the metropolis.
There have additionally been 5 deadly collisions within the metropolis since 2020.
- Aug. 15, 2020 – a 33-year-old man was killed in a motorcycle collision with a truck on Upton Street.
- Oct. 12, 2021 – a 22-year-old man was killed in a single-vehicle collision on Exhibition Drive.
- Oct. 22, 2022 – a 33-year-man was killed in a motorcycle single-vehicle accident on Riverside Drive.
- April 16, 2023 – a 60-year-old man was killed in a two-vehicle collision on Riverside Drive.
- July 25, 2023 – a 57-year-old girl was killed when she was struck by a trailer that had indifferent from a pickup truck.
Moore stated usually collisions are preventable, pointing to a latest multi-vehicle accident on the Hillsborough Bridge for instance.
The RCMP corporal referred to Statistics Canada knowledge that present 76 per cent of all accidents are a results of some type of human error.
“Within the case of the bridge, we are able to discuss following distance, giving your self sufficient area so you have got time to react,” he stated.
Moore added that environmental elements account for eight per cent of all accidents whereas elements associated to a car end in 4 per cent of all collisions.
“Our key message, outdoors of not driving impaired, definitely can be distanced driving, staying off your telephone and pace. That’s three stuff you as a person can do to guard your self from others that will make poor choices. Give your self time to react.”
Dave Stewart is a well being reporter with SaltWire in Prince Edward Island. He might be reached by electronic mail at [email protected] and adopted on Twitter @DveStewart.