REGINA, Sask. — Saskatchewan had the highest rate of motor vehicle fatalities in the country in 1999 based on Transport Canada numbers, but 2000 saw a definite decline.
The provincial government credits the decrease in part to stepped-up police enforcement and Saskatchewan Government Insurance’s (SGI) education initiatives.
“1999 was a particularly bad year for road safety in Saskatchewan,” Kwei Quaye, SGI manager of traffic safety program evaluation. “It was issues relating to non-use of seat belts, issues related to drinking and driving and issues related to new drivers’ involvement in fatalities.”
A total of 187 people died on Saskatchewan highways in 1999, compared to 151 last year. Ontario and Newfoundland tied for having the fewest fatalities per capita, according to the study.
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