100 deaths in the 75 deadliest days of the year
While some may think winter, with all the ice and snow, would be the most dangerous time to be on provincial roads, CAA-Quebec says the most deadly time of year is almost upon us.
The Automobile Association looked at the numbers available from the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) and found on average, from Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day to Labour Day, 100 Quebecers are killed in road accidents each year.
Considering for all of 2016 there were 351 deaths on the road, these ten weeks over the summer account for more than one quarter of the province's total number of deaths caused by road accidents.
CAA-Quebec calls it the "Deadliest 75 days of the year."
June, July, August and September are often when the most fatalities occur on Quebec's roadways; with 53 during the month of July alone back in 2015.
CAA-Quebec Director Marco Harrison said that young people are already overrepresented on the roadmap, but are even more so during this period.
While fatal crashes involving Quebecers 16 to 24-years-old declined 12.7 per cent in 2016, young drivers make up about 20 per cent of the deaths over the summer.
Harrison said about 27 per cent of fatalities among drivers under 20 occur during the upcoming 75 day period.