#RememberRoadVictims: November 18, 2015 National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims

OTTAWA, Nov. 18, 2015 /CNW/ - Wednesday, November 18 is the National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims in Canada. Since 2007, the third Wednesday of November has been set aside for Canadians to remember those who have lost their lives or been seriously injured on Canadian roads. Each year in this country, almost 1,900 people are killed on road crashes, and almost another 165,000 are injured.*

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Facts:

  • On average, five people die on Canada's roads each day
  • Drug impaired driving is now rivaling alcohol impaired driving
  • Distracted driving is a growing safety concern; Canada's youth are the demographic most likely to text while driving
  • These high risk factors can contribute to collisions and are all preventable:
    • Driving impaired: Alcohol, drugs
    • Speeding and/or aggressive driving
    • Driver distraction (texting, cell phone use) and/or fatigue
    • Failure to wear a seat belt

Road crashes impact everyone. Victims, families and friends suffer the losses first hand, but so do entire communities. On this day, communities across Canada are joining with their citizens, road safety stakeholders, enforcement officials and support groups in remembering those lost, and to recognize that 'safe driving saves lives.'

For more on the day, visit rememberroadcrashvictims.ca

Provincial/Territorial Media Contacts:

Alberta

Bob McManus

Assistant to the Director, Communications;

Alberta Ministry of Transportation

Bob.mcmanus@gov.ab.ca

T: 780-427-1938

British Columbia

Government Communications and Public Engagement

Ministry of Justice

T: 250 213-3602

Manitoba

Paul White

Communications Coordinator,
Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation

Paul.White@gov.mb.ca

T: 204-945-0750

Newfoundland and Labrador

Jason Card

Director of Communications

Service NL

jasoncard@gov.nl.ca

T: 709-729-4860

Northwest Territories

Nick Hurst

Communications Coordinator
NWT Ministry of Transportation

Nick_hurst@gov.nt.ca

T: 867-447-1368

Nova Scotia

Pam Menchenton
A/Director Communications
Nova Scotia Department of Transportation
pamela.menchenton@novascotia.ca
T: 902-424-8978 C: 902-719-4950

Prince Edward Island

Ron Ryder
Senior Communications Officer
Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy

rryder@gov.pe.ca

(902)368-5112

Quebec

Audrey Chaput

Relationniste auprès des médias

Direction des relations avec les médias

Vice-présidence aux affaires publiques et à la

stratégie de prévention routière

Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec

audrey.chaput@saaq.gouv.qc.ca

T: 418-528-4894

Saskatchewan

Kelly Brinkworth

Media Relations
Saskatchewan Government Insurance
kbrinkworth@sgi.sk.ca

T: 306-751-1837  C: 306-535-6207

Yukon

Kendra Black
Director, Communications
Yukon Department of Transportation

Kendra.black@gov.yk.ca

T: 867-667-5436

Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (Custodian of the National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims)

Eileen Melnick McCarthy

Director, Communications, CCMTA

T: 613-736-1003 x 260 C: 613-852-0423

emelnick@ccmta.ca

 

The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA)

The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) is an incorporated non-profit organization in Canada that coordinates all matters dealing with the administration, regulation and control of motor vehicle transportation and highway safety. Membership includes representation from provincial and territorial governments as well as the federal government of Canada.

*Source: Transport Canada statistics, 2012. DISCLAIMER: The number of yearly fatalities on Canada's roads and highways fluctuates from year to year. It is based on approximately 2,100 fatalities and 165,000 injuries in 2012.

SOURCE CANADIAN COUNCIL OF MOTOR TRANSPORT ADMINISTRATORS

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Image with caption: "November 18, 2015 is the National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims in Canada. On average, five people die on Canada`s roads each day. #RememberRoadVictims (CNW Group/CANADIAN COUNCIL OF MOTOR TRANSPORT ADMINISTRATORS)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20151118_C6422_PHOTO_EN_547358.jpg

Image with caption: "November 18, 2015 is the National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims in Canada. On average, five people die on Canada`s roads each day. #RememberRoadVictims: (CNW Group/CANADIAN COUNCIL OF MOTOR TRANSPORT ADMINISTRATORS)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20151118_C6422_PHOTO_EN_547360.jpg

For further information: Eileen Melnick McCarthy, Director, Communications, CCMTA, T: 613-736-1003 x 260, C: 613-852-0423, emelnick@ccmta.ca

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