According to the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec's (SAAQ) road safety record, the situation on Quebec roads improved in 2019. Compared to 2018, there was an overall decrease in the number of deaths, accidents, and injuries on the province's roads. The SAAQ's President and CEO Nathalie Tremblay said that the 2019 report is evidence of a successful collaboration between "all of our partners, particularly the police and municipalities."
"I am pleased to see that the annual road traffic record has improved further," said Minister of Transport François Bonnardel.
"Obviously, we must not decrease our vigilance on the roads, but rather continue our efforts aimed at reducing the number of deaths and injuries. Let us remember that each accident is one accident too many."
The report shows that "the number of accidents decreased by 458 [and] there was a decrease of 22 deaths" from 2018 to 2019. There were 101 people seriously injured and 335 slightly injured — an overall decrease of 1.3% compared to 2018.
Overall, the number of accidents in Quebec has steadily decreased between 2014 and 2019. There were 4.7% fewer accidents over this five-year period.
Here are the results of the SAAQ's 2019 road safety report.
Among the highlights of the report is a 3.6% decrease in road accident-related deaths from 2014 to 2019.
Meanwhile, an 11.7% decrease in the number of serious injuries was also reported.
The region with the most recorded road fatalities in Quebec was Montérégie in 2019, with 55 total deaths.
In Montreal, 34 road fatalities were recorded — an increase of 25.9% from 2018. Five other regions also saw an increase in the number of deaths from 2018 to 2019: Capitale-Nationale, Estrie, Laval, Laurentides, and Centre-du-Québec.
According to the report:
"The number of minor injuries in 2019 is 33,403. This represents a decrease of 1.0% from 2018 and 4.4% from the 2014-2018 average."
"Among 25% of the 15 to 24-year-olds in passenger vehicles who died, not wearing a seat belt was a factor, compared to 31% in 2018."
"Speed and careless behaviour are the main causes of death" for this age group.
Deaths among motorcyclists decreased by 4.1% in 2019 compared to 2018.
Pedestrian fatalities, however, increased slightly by 1.4% in 2019 from 2018.
In 2019, the age group with the highest number of recorded deaths was 55 to 64-year-olds, with a total of 49 fatalities.
Despite that figure, the same age group recorded a 9.3% decrease in deaths between 2018 and 2019.
Bilan routier 2019 - Baisse du nombre d'accidentés pour une 2e année de suite. Pour tous les détails: ➡… https://t.co/F9IU69Kq7C— SAAQ (@SAAQ) 1588961941.0
"It's more true than ever that road safety is everyone's business," said Tremblay.
"I would also like to thank all of our partners, particularly the police and municipalities, for the countless efforts they are making to improve the road safety record."