Road fatalities decrease, impaired driving convictions increase

There were fewer fatalities on Prince Edward Island roads in 2016, but more impaired driving convictions show there are still risks from the behavior of irresponsible motorists.
Last year there were 13 reported road fatalities in the province -- including the deaths of three motorcyclists -- compared to 18 in 2015. There were a total of 1,341 collisions in the province, and 364 of those caused injuries.
“Government is committed to making Island roadways as safe as possible by taking a comprehensive approach that considers all contributing factors,” Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy Minister Paula Biggar said. “While it is encouraging that fatalities were reduced last year, it remains our top priority to use education, enforcement, highway design, and legislation to continue to improve safety for all users of our province’s transportation network.”
Meanwhile, there were 249 impaired driving convictions in 2016, ending a four-year pattern of decrease from 2012 to 2015. There were 47 impaired drivers convicted for the second time and 37 convicted for the third time or greater.
Impaired driving convictions for the previous four years were:
• 2015 - 239;
• 2014 – 241;
• 2013 – 297; and
• 2012 – 327.
“It is discouraging to see that so many people return to impaired driving, even after facing the consequences of being convicted,” the minister said. “These repeat impaired drivers are stubbornly returning to behaviour that endangers everyone on our roads – including themselves. My department and I will continue to work to stop them.”

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