Number of collisions rose in Alberta, but fewer people injured and killed in 2008

A new report on traffic collisions in Alberta suggests the overall number of accidents in the province has risen steadily since 2004.

EDMONTON — A new report on traffic collisions in Alberta suggests the overall number of accidents in the province has risen steadily since 2004.

There were over 158,000 collisions in the province in 2008, compared to more than 112,000 in 2004.

But fewer people were killed or injured in crashes last year, compared to 2007.

The report says 410 people died and over 22,000 were hurt last year.

In 2007, 458 people were killed and over 24,000 were injured.

The report says fatal collisions peak each year in August, September and October, and male drivers between the ages of 18 and 19 were the most likely to be involved in collisions that resulted in casualties.

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