A report prepared by Quebec’s Transport Ministry and the provincial automobile insurance board SAAQ found that pedestrian fatalities in 2016 saw a considerable year-over-year increase compared to 2015.
There was a 40% surge in pedestrian casualties in Quebec in 2016 over 2015, the report said; 63 pedestrians were fatally involved in collisions in 2016, compared with 45 the previous year.
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Despite the spike in fatalities, the province’s road safety record last year shows that – overall – fewer people perished or were injured on Quebec’s streets and highways than all but one year since 1946. Three hundred and fifty-one (351) people perished on the province’s roads last year, which is 11 less fatalities than in 2015, according to the report.
The authors of the report believe that it was thanks to provincial law enforcement that the number of fatalities for last year did not climb, CBC reported.
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The report revealed that in the first half of 2016, auto-related fatalities and injuries were trending upwards. The government, having noticed this trend, chose to augment police efforts to crack down on dangerous driving; the report concluded that it was this decision that helped neutralize the negative trend for the rest of the year.
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