Motor-vehicle accidents this weekend claimed the lives of five people, ranging in age from a 14-year-old boy to a 71-year-old woman.
As well, at least nine people sustained injuries in these and other vehicle accidents and were taken to various hospitals.
"It's summertime, people are driving faster and partaking in social activities, so there's a rise in collisions," said Sgt. Line Karpish of the RCMP.
Two people were killed and four others injured after a head-on collision near Brunkild, 30 kilometres southwest of Winnipeg on Saturday afternoon.
A 22-year-old Winnipeg man was travelling north on Highway 3, about four kilometres south of Brunkild, when his vehicle drifted into the southbound lane, sideswiped one vehicle and collided head-on with the vehicle behind it, driven by a 48-year-old man from Hochfeld, RCMP said. Both drivers were killed.
Two young children and a woman were rushed to Health Sciences Centre by ambulance and another woman was flown by STARS helicopter to HSC in the Brunkild crash.
The STARS air ambulance was kept hopping on Saturday after being called out to a remote area in Belmont, 200 kilometres west of Winnipeg shortly after 8 a.m.
A car travelling west on an unmarked road drove past a stop sign and was T-boned by a pickup truck going north.
The 44-year-old driver of the car was airlifted by STARS to a Winnipeg hospital with serious upper-body injuries. The driver of the pickup truck suffered minor injuries.
The STARS helicopter was also called out to a rollover near Portage la Prairie around 3 a.m. Saturday. The air ambulance transported a woman to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
In Winnipeg, a 71-year-old woman died after a motor-vehicle collision involving seven vehicles shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday at McPhillips Street and William Avenue.
A Ford Ranger was speeding north in the curb lane of McPhillips when it struck a Honda Ridgeline that was making an eastbound turn onto William from southbound McPhillips.
The Ranger then struck a Chevy Cobalt driven by a 71-year-old woman after which the Ranger then struck a Honda Civic. The driver of the Cobalt died in hospital of her injuries.
In all, seven vehicles were damaged in the collision and several people were transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Adam Quinn Langan, 29, of Winnipeg, was arrested at the scene and has been charged with impaired driving causing death, two counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm and several other charges. He has been detained in custody.
On Friday afternoon, a 14-year-old male cyclist from Waywayseecappo First Nation, in the Prairie Mountain area, was pronounced dead in hospital after a collision with a vehicle on Highway 45.
And late Sunday evening, a 17-year-old male was killed one kilometre west of Brandon after his car was struck on Rugby Road crossing the Trans-Canada Highway. His car was struck by a pickup truck going West on Highway 1, and he was pronounced dead after being transported to Brandon Regional Health Centre. The driver of the pickup truck and his passenger received minor injuries.
There have been 55 collisions in 2013, resulting in the deaths of 64 people on highways outside of Winnipeg, RCMP say.
Karpish attributes the accidents to speed and impaired driving. She said 40 per cent of these collisions are due to alcohol impairment.
"People should arrange for a ride before consuming alcohol," said Karpish. "The best decision is a sober decision. Vehicles are weapons."