More than 20 per cent of those who died on the roads were not wearing their seatbelt, the report says.

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The Sûreté du Québec on Thursday announced that a total of 245 incidents on the province’s highways claimed 262 lives in 2021, compared with 250 deaths in 231 collisions a year earlier.

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The increase was outlined in the provincial force’s report on highway activity in 2021.

The SQ found that speeding and reckless driving accounted for 24.5 per cent of last year’s collisions, while driving while impaired by drugs, alcohol or fatigue represented 14 per cent. Distracted driving accounted for seven per cent of the fatal crashes.

The report noted that a little over 20 per cent of those who died in the collisions were not wearing their seatbelt.

The SQ recorded 57 fatal collisions involving motorcycles in 2021, well over the five-year average of 41. A total of 23 pedestrians died last year on roads patrolled by the SQ, five more than in 2020. The provincial force recorded the deaths of six cyclists in 2021, the same number as in 2020.

The largest increase in the number of fatal collisions was recorded in the Montérégie region, where 42 incidents were reported in 2021 compared with 26 a year earlier.

The largest number of fatal collisions — 47 — was recorded in the Mauricie-Lanaudière region, however that figure represents a decrease in the number of incidents compared with 2020, when 56 fatal collisions were recorded.

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