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Holiday risky for drivers

Wherever you are going, whatever you are doing, no matter how excited you are about your destination this long August weekend, buckle your seatbelt and take your time to be safe on roads and highways. Take special care as you depart.

A Manitoba Public Insurance statement notes nearly 40 per cent of all holiday long-weekend road deaths and injuries occur Friday.

The MPI statement said its claims data collected between 2008 to 2012 show an average of one person is killed and more than 30 others are injured the Friday leading into a three-day holiday weekend.

Sunday and Monday have the smallest proportion of victims per day.

"The statistics confirm many motorists are taking risks on Friday. Road safety should be a priority this civic holiday long weekend. There will be higher than normal traffic volume on the roadways. Safety must be a priority," MaryAnn Kempe, MPI's vice-president of business development, communications and chief product officer, said in a press release.

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