Quebec highways saw more fatal collisions in 2021, SQ reports

More than 20 percent of those who died on the roads were not wearing seat belts, the report says.

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The Sûreté du Québec announced Thursday that a total of 245 incidents on the province’s highways claimed 262 lives in 2021, compared to 250 fatalities in 231 collisions the previous year.

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The increase was outlined in the provincial force report on the activity of the roads in 2021.

The SQ found that speeding and reckless driving accounted for 24.5 percent of crashes last year, while driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol or fatigue accounted for 14 percent. Distracted driving accounted for seven percent of fatal crashes.

The report noted that just over 20 percent of those killed in crashes were not wearing seat belts.

The SQ recorded 57 fatal collisions involving motorcycles in 2021, well above the five-year average of 41. A total of 23 pedestrians died last year on roads patrolled by the SQ, five more than in 2020. The provincial force recorded the death of six cyclists in 2021, the same number as in 2020.

The largest increase in the number of fatal collisions was recorded in the Montérégie region, where 42 incidents were reported in 2021 compared to 26 the previous year.

The highest number of fatal crashes (47) was recorded in the Mauricie-Lanaudière region, however that figure represents a decrease in the number of incidents compared to 2020, when 56 fatal crashes were recorded.

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