ORILLIA, ON, May 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada Road Safety Week was officially
kicked off on Parliament Hill today (Friday, May 10, 2013) where the
Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and a number of policing partners
affirmed their commitment to support the national campaign's goal of
saving lives on Canada's roads.
Canada Road Safety Week runs from May 13-20, 2013. Throughout the
campaign, Canadian police services across the country come together to
ramp up enforcement and raise awareness surrounding the "Big Four"
major causes of death and injuries on roadways: impaired driving,
aggressive driving, distracted driving and failure to wear or improper
use of seat belts.
"This campaign is a strong collaboration with our policing partners to
stop and heighten awareness about the deadliest high-risk behaviours on
our roads," said OPP Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey, Traffic
Committee Chair, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. "During the
campaign, we are counting on roads users throughout the country to help
us work toward the vision of the Canada Road Safety Strategy 2015,
which is to make Canada's roads the safest in the world," added
Impaired driving remains the number one criminal cause of death in
Motorists are 23 times more likely to become involved in a collision
Aggressive driving behaviour is present in 27 per cent of fatal
collisions in Canada.
Proper seat belt usage is the most significant factor in preventing
injuries and deaths in a collision.
Canada's Road Safety Strategy 2015
Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police
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SOURCE: Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
Contact: Sgt. Kristine Rae