SQ report: 269 deaths on Quebec roads in 2023

By The Canadian Press

The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) published its annual road safety report, which showed 240 fatal collisions and 269 deaths in 2023.

The data published by the SQ “mainly correspond to the average of the last five years on the transport networks.”

According to the SQ, the main causes of fatal collisions last year were reckless driving and speeding (31 per cent), impaired driving by alcohol, drugs, or fatigue (16 per cent), as well as inattention or distraction (9 per cent).

The Sûreté du Québec points out that nearly 20 per cent of victims killed in road collisions were not wearing seatbelts.

The Mauricie-Lanaudière region had the most fatal collisions, at 39 followed by Capitale-Nationale-Chaudière-Appalaches, at 35, and Estrie-Centre-du-Québec, at 33.

The analysis shows that there were 40 collisions involving a motorcycle, compared with 45 for the five-year average. 

Twenty-seven pedestrians died on the roads last year, equivalent to the annual average between 2018 and 2022.

In 2022, four cyclists died, compared to five point eight for the annual average of the last five years.

In a press release, the Sûreté du Québec wrote that it was “happy to see an improvement in the road toll compared to last year.”

In 2022, there were 266 fatal collisions, compared with 245 in 2021. 

The number of deaths had increased, from 265 in 2021 to 291 in 2022.

—This report by La Presse Canadienne was translated by CityNews.

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