Despite fewer people commuting, SQ sees spike in fatal car accidents

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The Sûreté du Québec is reporting a surge in fatal car collisions this year despite the months-long confinement measures that kept thousands of Quebecers at home during the pandemic.

There were 123 fatal collisions in 2020 as of Monday compared with 115 at this time last year. A key difference in the stats is the number of fatal motorcycle crashes this year, 31, as opposed to 19 as of Aug. 17, 2019.

Police say fewer people commuting to work this year should have resulted in a drop in road fatalities. They say the leading causes of fatal collisions are human error: speed, distracted driving, drunk driving and similar factors.