Report on Driver Fatigue Impairment released: Road safety experts urge drivers to be alert this long weekend



    TORONTO, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - The Highway Safety Roundtable today released
important information on the dangerous effects of driver fatigue in a report
entitled, "Working Together to Understand Driver Fatigue." The report contains
research and information presented at a symposium last spring to mark Driver
Fatigue Impairment Awareness Day. The report is now available to the public at
http://www.ibc.ca/en/Car_Insurance/Driver_Fatigue/.
    The report includes presentation materials from leading road safety
experts, including Dr. Alison Smiley, President of Human Factors North, and a
leading researcher in driver behaviour and accident analysis; Yoassry
Elzohairy, Senior Advisor, Ontario Ministry of Transportation; and Dr. Henry
Moller of the University Health Network and the University of Toronto Sleep
Research Unit.
    Mark Yakabuski, President & CEO of Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), and
Chair of the Highway Safety Roundtable, said: "The timing of the release of
this report couldn't be better with Ontario's new February long weekend
approaching. For many Canadians, long weekends mean more time spent in the
car. We want to educate Canadians about the effects of driver fatigue before
they get behind the wheel this weekend."
    He added: "Driver fatigue is a serious road safety issue that kills
400 Canadians every year. Also, according to a 2005 study, one in five
Canadians - 4 million people - admitted to nodding off or falling asleep at
the wheel at least once in the previous 12 months. It is for this reason that
the Highway Safety Roundtable is so dedicated to the issue of driver fatigue,
and is committed to bringing this valuable and potentially life-saving
information to the public."

    The Highway Safety Roundtable includes the Brewers Association of Canada,
Canada Safety Council, Canadian Automobile Association, Insurance Bureau of
Canada, Railway Association of Canada and Tourism Industry Association of
Canada.

    Insurance Bureau of Canada is the national trade association of the
property and casualty insurance industry. Its member companies provide nearly
95% of the private home, car and business insurance sold in Canada.





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For further information: or to schedule an interview with Mr. Yakabuski,
please contact: Ellen Woodger, (416) 483-2358; or James Geuzebroek, (416)
362-2031, x4364


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