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February 6, 2015
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Traffic-related collisions, fatalities continue to decrease
Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
Traffic-related collisions and injuries continue to decline despite the increasing number of drivers, says Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Robert Vessey.
“It is encouraging to see that investments in safer roads and increased partnerships with law enforcement and the public are resulting in a positive trend of fewer collisions and injuries,” said the minister. “Investments in roads and infrastructure such as roundabouts, highway safety legislation, improved driving habits, and enforcement are all contributing to safer roads.”
Collisions, injuries and fatalities have decreased over the last 35 years, although the number of registered vehicles and licensed drivers on Prince Edward Island has continued to grow.
In 2014 there were five fatalities, compared to 15 the previous year. This is the lowest number of fatalities on record. In 1980 there were 35 fatalities.
In 2014 there were 1,254 collisions, with 347 resulting in injury. The previous year there were 1,559 collisions, with 465 resulting in injury.
In 1980 there were 2,849 collisions, with 708 resulting in injury.
“These statistics show that investments in road safety, whether it’s through safety features in vehicles, tougher legislation around impaired driving and texting and driving, or increased public awareness, have a direct impact on the safety of Islanders,” said the minister. “As a department we will continue to work with our partners to make our roads safer.”