Manitoba RCMP urge heightened caution amid relaxed COVID-19 restrictions – Winnipeg

Manitoba RCMP say they’re responding to much more deadly crashes since COVID-19 public security lockdowns have eased.

According to the police service, six Manitobans have died this month from automobile-associated collisions.

Last week, a 36-yr-previous Winnipeg man misplaced his life after a head-on crash with a semi north of the town.

Mounties’ investigation discovered the pickup truck pushed by the sufferer crossed into the opposite lane, the place it crashed into the semi, after which rolled within the ditch.

The driver of the pickup was pronounced lifeless on the scene whereas the semi driver was unhurt.

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RCMP Sgt. Paul Manaigre says there have been 20 deaths from automobile collisions up to now this yr, in comparison with 32 by the identical time final yr.

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“Now with the summer months coming and restrictions being slowly lifted, we’re expecting more vehicle traffic which we understand is going to lead to more high-risk driving behaviours. We’re just hoping this number doesn’t creep up and people need to stay alert because in July and August there are going to be a lot of vehicles on our highways.”

Manaigre says along with elevated site visitors, building season is now absolutely underway and drivers should be additional vigilant.

“If you’re not paying consideration it may trigger a collision with different automobiles and even stationary objects on the roadways.

“Everyone needs to be paying attention so that you get to where you’re going and so can everyone else.”

Manaigre says regardless of the excessive variety of deaths in June, the yearly complete for 2021 is predicted to be decrease than final yr.

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With the arrival of summer time and loosened public security restrictions, Manaigre can be asking the general public to conscious of protected practices round waterways and to swim inside their limits.

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“People are going to be hitting those lakes so caution has to be the main priority for everyone. You can’t be driving a boat and drinking at the same time.”

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“If you’re out on the water on a raft, please wear a lifejacket because you can get pushed out pretty quickly with the winds we see come up in Manitoba pretty quickly.”

Manaigre says 4 individuals have already drowned in Manitoba this yr, three of whom handed away on the identical day in early June.

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