15 people died on Quebec roads during the construction holiday

Fewer people died on Quebec roads during this year's construction holiday, but there was still a slight increase compared to the recent average.

According to early numbers from the Sûreté du Québec, at least 15 people were killed in 13 fatal accidents over the two week holiday. 

Speeding was once again the primary cause in the majority of crashes, but this year distracted driving was the second leading cause of death on the road, passing alcohol for the first time.

The 15 deaths are up one when compared to the past five year average. At least seven of the crashes have been linked to speed while distracted driving is the likely cause is at least five.

Three of the accidents involved motorcycles, which brought the number of people killed in motorcycle accidents this year to 27.

Provincial police also handed out more than 16,000 tickets over the two week holiday period, 10,000 of which were for speeding.