Quebec snowmobile deaths worst in seven years

Quebec snowmobile deaths worst in seven years

Quebec City (Quebec) 9 March 2015 – The winter of 2014-2015 has seen the number of deaths on snowmobiles increase over previous years and is the worst since 2007-2008.

This year (so far) there have been 23 fatal accidents involving snowmobiles.

Though most of the deaths are males, this year has seen three women, one child and one adolescent die from injuries either from carelessness, speeding or driving while under the influence.

There have also been 300 injuries related to the sport.

In just one weekend from February 27 to March 1, provincial police gave out 362 infractions for speeding and four people were arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The provincial police spokesman, Ronald McInnis, cannot explain why there are more accidents this year than last.

The worst statistics were 34 deaths in 2007-2008, and that was after the month of March whereas this year’s numbers do not include the month of March, which is one of the most active months for snowmobilers.

The least number of fatalities was from the winter of 2013-2014 where only 13 people died from their injuries.

A lot of the fatal accidents occur when snowmobilers cross roads where normal car traffic is an issue. Either they don’t stop and look both ways, or just simply don’t slow down at all and take their chances.

Police are warning snowmobilers they will be out in force during the month of March and will not hesitate to take whatever action is necessary to reduce the number of accidents caused by speed, recklessness or alcohol while riding a snowmobile.

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