Road fatalities down: 2006 Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics



    OTTAWA, Jan. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - New statistics reveal that fewer people
died on Canada's roads in 2006 than in 2005. The brochure Canadian Motor
Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics is released annually by Transport Canada.
The latest edition provides statistics for 2006, as well as historical
information dating back to 1987.
    The figures show that the number of drivers in Canada continues to
increase yearly. There were almost 22.3 million licensed drivers and over
18.7 million passenger vehicles on Canadian roads in 2006. Fatalities dropped
from the previous year by 0.6 per cent, and injuries dropped by 2.6 per cent.
    "Although there was a decrease in the number of lives lost on our roads
in 2006, more needs to be done and we must remain vigilant," said the
Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities. "Reducing fatalities and injuries is an ongoing commitment with
our partners, including other levels of government."
    While road fatalities still represent approximately 95 per cent of all
transportation-related fatalities, Canada's road safety record has steadily
improved over the years. Since 1987, road traffic deaths have declined by
32.5 per cent. The annual statistics show that in 2006, there were 2,604 fatal
collisions leading to 2,889 deaths. Motor vehicle occupants accounted for
74.9 per cent of all road user fatalities, with 1,546 drivers and
617 passengers killed. In addition, 374 pedestrians, 218 motorcyclists and
73 bicyclists were killed on the roads.
    Road Safety Vision 2010, an initiative introduced by the federal,
provincial and territorial governments and the Canadian Council of Motor
Transport Administrators, aims to raise awareness of road safety issues, to
improve collaboration and cooperation among safety agencies and to toughen
enforcement. This national plan, actively supported by public and private
sector stakeholders, calls for a 30 per cent decrease in the number of people
killed or seriously injured on Canada's roads by 2010.
    The statistics are collected annually by all provinces and territories
and are sent to Transport Canada for inclusion in the National Collision
Database. The collisions involving casualties on public roads represent all
those reported to, or by, the police. The department uses these statistics to
further understand road safety issues and trends, with the goal of improving
road safety for all Canadians.

    Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics: 2006 is available on
Transport Canada's website at www.tc.gc.ca/roadsafety/tp/tp3322/2006/menu.htm.
To order a free copy, or for more information on the department's road safety
programs, please call 1-800-333-0371.




For further information:

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Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700;
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