Booze, drugs & fatal crashes

The BC Coroners Service says one third of the total number of deaths from motor vehicle incidents between 2008 and 2016 involved drugs and/or alcohol.

It says in a news release that 314 people, including drivers, passengers and pedestrians, died last year, up from 299 fatalities in 2017.

The report on driving fatalities between 2008 and 2018 shows an average of 326 people died annually.

Failing to use seatbelts and children's car-seat straps were also listed as contributory factors in the report.

It says between 2011 and 2016, 29 per cent of drivers and passengers who died were not wearing a seatbelt or strapped into a car seat.

As for motorcycle-involved fatalities, the service says 51 people died last year alone, a 50 per cent increase over the previous year.

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