There were 17 fewer fatal crashes on eastern Ontario roads and highways in 2013 than in the previous year, according to Ontario Provincial Police.

The OPP said 50 people died in 45 fatal crashes on roads they police, compared to 73 deaths in 62 crashes in 2012.

Police say three contributing factors were also down, as fewer fatal crashes involved alcohol, a failure to wear seatbelts and ejections from vehicles.

Police say distracted, aggressive and impaired driving remain areas where they plan to focus enforcement.