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Less traffic fatalities in Saskatchewan this year

File / Global News

SASKATOON – There have been fewer fatalities on Saskatchewan roads so far this year compared to the same period a year ago.

RCMP say 28 people died in the first four months of 2013, down from 44 in 2012.

That is the lowest number of recorded deaths for the period in the past six years.

There were a record 162 fatalities in Saskatchewan in 2012.

S/Sgt Dave Domoney says the downward trend is encouraging given the less than ideal driving conditions due to the harsh winter.

“The reduction in numbers is encouraging but 28 fatalities is still too large of a number and equates to almost two fatalities per week,” said Domoney from F Division traffic services.

The three leading causes of death are impaired driving, distracted driving and speed.

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“These are preventable deaths and if we all do our part we can bring these numbers down ever further,” said Domoney.

With warm weather on the way and clearer roads, Domoney want drivers to be even more vigilant.

“Last year, from May to August, Saskatchewan had 76 deaths over that four-month period. These are number we don’t want to repeat in 2013.”

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