Nearly 30% of fatal crash victims weren’t wearing seatbelts: BC Coroners Service

A report from the BC Coroners Service released Thursday revealed that many car crash fatalities may have been preventable.

In a news release, the Coroners Service said that 314 people, including drivers, passengers and pedestrians, died last year, up from 299 fatalities in 2017.

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The data in the report also revealed that nearly 30 per cent of drivers and passengers who died in a car crash between 2011 and 2016 weren’t wearing a seatbelt. Further, the report said that one third of the total number of deaths from motor vehicle incidents between 2008 and 2016 involved drugs and/or alcohol.

According to the report, women were more likely than men to have been wearing a seatbelt at the time of a crash and, over the past decade, more than two-thirds of crash victims were men.

For motorcycle-involved fatalities, the service says 51 people died last year alone, a 50 per cent increase over the previous year.

With files from Canadian Press

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