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2019 Calgary crash numbers outpacing previous two years

Last Updated May 14, 2019 at 4:25 pm MDT

Police on the scene of a collision between a pedestrian and a pickup truck on 26 Avenue and 5 Street NW (Kenny Mason)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – In the first four months of 2019, the City of Calgary has seen seven fatal collisions, almost half of the final numbers in 2018 and 2019.

Out of the seven fatalities, three have involved drugs and alcohol.

Acting Sgt. Trevor Cairns said that the reason is that drivers are hearing the rules surrounding drinking and driving, they just aren’t following them.

“People don’t think that it is going to happen to them,” Cairns said. “They have a few drinks, think they are ok to drive, and it can end very badly.”

Three of the seven fatalities were due to pedestrian collisions.

Cairns explains that a big problem on the streets still is distracted driving, and the increase of technology in vehicles plays a part in this.

“There are cell phones, there are big touch screens, and in newer vehicles, it is easy to catch yourself speeding because it drives so smooth.”

These numbers are released as the Calgary Police Service kicks off the Canada Road Safety Week campaign.

This year the focus of the campaign is on ending alcohol and drug-impaired driving, distracted driving, driving while fatigued, aggressive driving and driving without a seatbelt.