OTTAWA, Nov. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of
Transport, today released the following statement to mark the sixth
annual National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims:
"The safety and security of our transportation system is of the utmost
importance to the Government of Canada. Today, we remember the lives
lost due to road fatalities and offer our support to the families
affected. On this occasion, I would like to extend my sympathies to all
Canadians who have lost loved ones or been personally injured in such
"This day helps to raise awareness of the approximately 2,000 fatalities
and 167,000 injuries from road crashes that occur every year in Canada.
"While the number of fatalities and injuries has been going down, more
effort is required. Most traffic collisions are preventable. These
tragedies affect all of us — including family, friends and colleagues
of the victims. We need to work together to reduce these senseless
losses. Making conscious choices — such as not drinking and driving,
avoiding distractions, not speeding and always wearing a seat belt —
can help improve road safety across the country.
"We are working hard to achieve our goal of improved road safety for the
benefit of all Canadians."
The National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims website has
downloadable decals, safe driving tips, statistics, an interactive
"leave the phone alone" pledge form, virtual bouquets and teddy bears
in the "Tribute to Victims" section that loved ones can post in memory
of someone they lost in a crash. Visit www.rememberroadcrashvictims.ca for more information.
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SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Senior Communications Advisor
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport
Transport Canada, Ottawa