Sask. sees increase in annual road deaths

Overall, the number of people injured in collisions on Saskatchewan roads is falling, SGI says. Photo by Troy Fleece/Regina Leader-Post

Preliminary data shows that 87 people lost their lives in vehicle crashes in 2020.

The statistics were released by SGI Monday morning. It’s based on data from police forces in the province and might be adjusted.

The 87 deaths marks an increase from 2019, when 71 people were killed on the province’s roads. That mark was the lowest ever recorded in Saskatchewan.

Still, the number of deaths is markedly down from the ten-year average of 131.5 road fatalities per year.

SGI said in a press release that fatalities are just one measurement of road safety, and other data, such as injury and overall collision data, is not yet available.

The Crown corporation said that while the province has improved, no deaths are acceptable.

“Every life lost represents a real person who leaves behind a family and friends who are left to mourn the loss,” SGI wrote.

  “Nearly all fatal collisions are preventable; Saskatchewan roads have gotten significantly safer in the last few years, but we must not become complacent or satisfied with these improvements,” said Minister Responsible for SGI Don Morgan. “We all can — and must — do more. I applaud everyone who is committed to driving safely. I also want to thank law enforcement who are diligently working to reduce collision deaths and injuries by enforcing traffic laws and contributing to public awareness.”

 SGI reminded drivers to put their phones away, drive sober, follow posted speed limits, wear a seatbelt and follow the rules of the road.