Alberta road collisions down over the holidays, say RCMP

Despite a busy time on the highways, and the same enforcement levels as last year, traffic accidents were down over the holidays.

Mounties say this year's holiday traffic stats show fewer accidents than last year

Calgary police responded to 75 collisions between on Tuesday morning, nine of them involving injuries. (Monty Kruger/CBC)

Alberta roads saw fewer traffic collisions this holiday season over last year, according to the RCMP. 

The numbers of injury collisions, fatalities and impaired driving charges between Dec. 23 and Jan. 3 were all down compared to last year.

Every year the RCMP track statistics to try to get a sense of trends on the roads. 

Compared to last year's holiday season, this year the news was positive —  injury collisions were down dramatically to 95 from 135. 

There was one fatality this year compared to five last year, and impaired driving charges were down to 112 from 157.

There was one case of impaired driving causing bodily harm compared to seven last year.

The overall decrease comes along with the same levels of enforcement as last year.


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