Canada's New Government Highlights the Importance of Global Road Safety Week



    OTTAWA, April 23 /CNW Telbec/ - Today marks the beginning of the first
ever Global Road Safety Week, focusing on young road users.
    "Road safety is about taking action to prevent fatalities and injuries,
and it is everyone's responsibility," said the Honourable Lawrence Cannon,
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. "Global Road Safety
Week is a great opportunity to raise awareness about the leading factors and
impacts of road traffic fatalities and injuries, and to promote action toward
prevention."
    Annually, there are over 1.2 million people killed and another 50 million
injured in traffic collisions worldwide. More than 40 per cent of them are
under 26 years of age. Road traffic injuries are the second leading cause of
death for people in this age group. Young men are nearly three times more
likely to be killed or injured on the roads than young women.
    "Canada's New Government is committed to improving safety on Canadian
roads by working with our safety partners in support of Road Safety Vision
2010, which targets a 30 per cent reduction in fatalities and serious injuries
by 2010," added Minister Cannon.
    In recognition of Global Road Safety Week, Jennifer Heatley of Halifax,
Nova Scotia; Candace Salmon of Maugerville, New Brunswick; Jonathan Beauvais
of Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec; Nicole Lacroix of Barrie, Ontario; Morgan Slater of
Etobicoke, Ontario; Natalie Rouskov of Toronto, Ontario; Duane Ironstand of
Shortdale, Manitoba and William Hui of Vancouver, British Columbia are
attending the World Youth Assembly for Road Safety in Geneva, Switzerland on
April 23rd and 24th, 2007. All delegates are Canadian youth between the ages
of 22 and 26. Among other activities, these delegates will discuss and adopt a
road safety declaration expected to be presented to the United Nations. They
will also attend the Canadian Road Safety Youth Conference in Montreal from
June 6th to 8th, to help engage other young Canadians in improving road safety
in their communities.




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the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa, (613)
991-0700; Fiona Macleod, Communications, Tranport Canada, Ottawa, (613)
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