The SAAQ says the first half of the year was safer than average on Quebec roads.

But the average for the year may change once the figures from the construction holiday are taken into account.

Over the first six months of 2017 the SAAQ recorded an eight-percent drop in the number of road deaths compared to the average.

There were also 12 percent fewer serious injuries than the same timeframe in 2016.

In fact, there were improvements in every category when compared month-to-month over the average of the past five years, and when compared to 2016.

However the construction holiday that recently ended was among the deadliest on record.

The Sureté du Quebec said that 22 people died between July 21 and Aug. 6 on provincial highways -- that does not include any deaths on municipally-controlled roads.

In addition, this past weekend six motorcyclists died in an unusually high number of collisions.

Police said that overall, most crashes are caused by speeding, with distracted driving being another notable cause.

The SAAQ will launch a new round of driver safety advertisements in a few weeks to coincide with the start of the school year.