January 6, 2016 12:07 am
Updated: January 6, 2016 12:08 am

Fatal, injury collisions down in Alberta this holiday season

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EDMONTON — New traffic statistics released by Alberta RCMP Tuesday night show the number of fatal collisions this holiday season is down over the same period last year.

RCMP recorded the data between Dec. 23, 2015 and Jan. 3, 2016. During that time there was one fatal collision and 95 injury collisions in Alberta RCMP’s jurisdiction. During the same time period last year, RCMP saw five fatal collisions and 135 injury collisions.

The number of property damage collisions is also down, to 1,204 from 1,570 in 2014-2015.

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The number of impaired driving charges handed out this season dropped to 112 from 157. The number of drivers given roadside suspensions due to alleged alcohol or drug use is also dropped from 101 last season to 58 this season.

While the majority of the numbers are down, there was one fatal collision this season involving an alleged impaired driver. Last season, there were zero fatal collisions where an impaired driver was involved.

READ MORE: Thousands convicted of impaired driving in Alberta each year

The number of fatal off-road vehicle collisions is also up to one this season. There were zero last season.

RCMP also collected data on the number of vehicle thefts in their jurisdiction. That number jumped to 340 vehicle thefts this season from 285 last season.

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