WINNIPEG – Manitobans heading out for the long weekend may want to exercise extra caution on the road.
Almost 40 per cent of holiday long weekend road deaths happen on Fridays, Manitoba Public Insurance statistics show.
On average, one person is killed and 30 are injured in crashes on the Friday leading into a three-day weekend, according to MPI claims data collected from 2008 to 2012.
Sunday and Monday have the lowest long-weekend death and injury numbers.
“The statistics confirm many motorists are taking risks on Friday,” MPI’s MaryAnn Kemp said in a news release Friday. “Safety must be a priority.”
MPI also released the following statistics:
Speeding drivers are responsible for an average of 22 to fatal and 430 injury collisions every year.
RCMP also issued a release about road dangers ahead of the long weekend, warning against distracted driving.
Manitoba RCMP compared distracted driving to drunk driving and made the following suggestions:
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