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Alberta highway fatalities drop

EDMONTON, Alta. - Last year, traffic fatalities in Alberta decreased by 19.1 per cent from the year previous, dropping to the lowest number since 1965, Alberta Infrastructure reports.The number of fat...


EDMONTON, Alta. – Last year, traffic fatalities in Alberta decreased by 19.1 per cent from the year previous, dropping to the lowest number since 1965, Alberta Infrastructure reports.

The number of fatalities recorded in 1999 was 347, compared to 331 in 1965.

In 1999 there were 95,246 collisions, while in 1998 there were 98,601.

Motorcycles, truck tractors and trains involved in collisions in 1999 also decreased from 1998.

More than 89 per cent of the collisions were caused by driver errors such as following too close, disobeying traffic signs or signals, or making an unsafe left turn across the path of an oncoming vehicle. n


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