Alberta Transport Minister Launches Canada's New Road Safety Strategy (RSS) 2015

VICTORIA, May 15 /CNW/ - The Honourable Luke Ouellette, Alberta's Minister of Transportation and co-chair of the Council of Ministers Responsible for Transportation and Highway Safety, was on hand at CCMTA's 2011 Annual Meeting to officially launch Canada's new Road Safety Strategy 2015, which aims to make our roads the safest in the world. Minister Ouellette spoke at the launch to show the Council of Ministers' support for the Strategy, along with CCMTA President Steve Martin, Superintendent of Motor Vehicles with the B.C. Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.

"Traffic safety is about keeping our communities, our families and our friends safe," said Minister Ouellette. "That is why Road Safety Strategy 2015 is so important. This new strategy continues the vision of Canada having the safest roads in the world and it is aimed at inspiring all road safety stakeholders to achieve this goal."

CCMTA's Annual Meeting was the perfect venue to publicly launch the new strategy, as many of the country's leading road safety administrators and industry partners were in attendance. The meeting drew some 300 delegates and featured special road safety sessions to discuss issues related to Drugs and Driving, Fitness to Drive and Ignition Interlocks, among other CCMTA priorities and programs.

Over the past two years, CCMTA has led the development of the Road Safety Strategy 2015, a successor plan to Road Safety Vision 2010, intended to provide road safety professionals with a comprehensive tool to obtain information on effective road safety strategies, initiatives and countermeasures. Working extensively to engage all partners in the process, including federal/provincial/territorial government officials, road infrastructure engineers and the law enforcement community, CCMTA hopes that the new strategy will inspire all road safety players as well as the public to "Rethink Road Safety".

With CCMTA as the custodian of the Strategy, all jurisdictions and the federal government will independently use it to develop their respective road safety action plans based on suitability, feasibility and acceptability within their own operating environments.

CCMTA will report annually to the Council of Ministers on progress made towards achieving the goal of an overall national downward trend in the number of fatalities and serious injuries over the next five years.

More information on Road Safety Strategy 2015 can be found at www.roadsafetystrategy.ca.

SOURCE CANADIAN COUNCIL OF MOTOR TRANSPORT ADMINISTRATORS

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For further information: please contact Valerie Todd, Programs Manager, CCMTA, tel.: (613) 736-1003 x 251; email: vtodd@ccmta.ca


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