RCMP releases fatality statistics for first half of 2010

Staff ~ The Telegram
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The RCMP in Newfoundland and Labrador today released statistics of the number of vehicle crashes and fatalities in the police force's jurisdiction for the first half of 2010.
The statistics show a total of 10 fatal collisions with 10 deaths (seven men, three women).
Of the collisions, nine were single-vehicle accidents. One was a multi-vehicle crash.
Locations of the 10 crashes include two on the Trans-Canada Highway and eight on district highways. There were three vehicle rollovers resulting in three of the deaths, three other victims were ejected from vehicles and one person died on a snowmobile on a highway.
Of the 10 deceased, three were wearing their seatbelts, while five were not. One of the deceased did not have a helmet on and one person did.
In the cases of the death of four of the people, impaired drivers were involved.
In addition, one of the deaths was a person operating an ATV, another operating a motorcycle.
For the first six months of 2010, 80 per cent of the fatal collisions occurred between 3 p.m. and 3 a.m. (70 per cent between 3 p.m. and 11 p.m.) and 20 per cent of fatal collisions occurred on weekends.
The RCMP also notes 29 people were seriously injured in highway collisions in 2010 in the province.
"We continue to see low numbers of fatal or serious injury collisions are occurring on the Trans Canada Highway - only 20 per cent occurring on the TCH," a news release states.
The release also states speed was a factor in one fatality.

Organizations: RCMP, Trans-Canada Highway

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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