According to the RCMP, alcohol consumption has led to two fatal accidents this weekend in Manitoba.
The first of them occurred on Friday morning in Cranberry Portage. The pickup, driving along Sturgeon Landing Road, flew into a ditch and crashed into a tree. A 49-year-old woman, who was not injured, drove that car. However, her passengers were much less fortunate. A 31-year-old woman died right on the scene of the accident, and the second passenger got serious injuries and is in the hospital.
The second incident occurred on Saturday around midnight in Steinbach. Policemen who arrived at the scene found an inverted SUV with a 36-year-old man and an 8-year-old boy. The boy was lucky not to be injured, but ambulance doctors could not save a man’s life.
The police believe that alcohol has become a major factor in these two incidents. Also, on holidays there is a much greater accident rate on the roads of the province. On average, on such days in Manitoba, there are about 800 car accidents, and alcohol is the cause of many of them. The Manitoba police urge everyone not to drive in the drunken state, and also to comply with speed limits.