A new report from the B.C Coroners Service paints a grim picture of motor vehicle fatalities in the province’s interior.
According to the document, there were 317 deaths from 2007 to 2016, a majority, 98 in the B.C Interior, but that’s not the case in the rest of the province.
“We continue to see a similar trend of a decrease of about three per cent a year in the motor vehicle incident fatalities.”
Spokesman Andy Watson says, there are no concrete reasons the Interior numbers are so high, even though the population is considerably less than other parts of B.C.
“The Interior region, for example, is still the highest represented in the province. In 2016, about one in every three deaths occurred in the Interior related to motor vehicle deaths.”
Watson, reporting one third of the fatalities involved drugs and alcohol.