Report shows increase in MVI deaths, most of which were preventable
The BC Coroners Service have released their findings on Motor Vehicle Incident deaths, and they've found that a majority of them were preventable.
The report shows there were 314 motor vehicle deaths in BC last year, up from 299 in 2017, but below the annual average of 326 a year during the past decade.
The Service finds that one third (34%) of the deaths between 2008 and 2016 were caused by drugs or alcohol.
Between 2011 and 2016, 29% of drivers or passengers who died were not wearing a restraint, like seat belts or child car-seat straps.
The Coroners Service also updated its motorcycle-involved fatality report, which found that 16 percent of the 2018 deaths involved motorcycles or mopeds.
They also found that 51 motorcyclists died in 2018, the highest annual total for the past decade and a 50% increase over 2017.
In the past 10 years, more than two-thirds (69%) of those who died were male, and about a third of all motor-vehicle incident deaths occurred in the Southern Interior area.