Transport Canada encourages Canadian youth to get hooked on road safety



    OTTAWA, June 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Transport Canada, in conjunction with a
number of road safety partners, will host a national youth conference on road
safety, the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure
and Communities announced today. The conference, to be held in Montreal from
June 6-8, 2007, focuses on young road users and aims to increase their
understanding of road safety issues.
    "Road safety is about taking action to prevent fatalities and injuries,"
said Minister Cannon. "This conference is a great opportunity to continue the
dialogue with Canadian youth and encourage them to promote road safety among
their peers."
    Some 50 participants aged 18 to 30 years from across Canada will gather
to learn more about the leading causes and impacts of road traffic fatalities
and injuries, and how they can raise awareness and engage other young
Canadians to improve road safety in their communities.
    The conference will also encourage group discussions of the Youth
Declaration for Road Safety, which was adopted in April 2007 at the United
Nations World Youth Assembly for Road Safety in Geneva, Switzerland. Eight
Canadian youth delegates, aged 22 to 26 attended this international conference
in support of Global Road Safety Week, which identified young people as a
major group among road crash victims and as key players in reducing road
fatalities and injuries.
    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 and encourages our youth to support Road Safety Vision 2010, which
targets a 30 per cent reduction in fatalities and serious injuries by 2010,"
added Minister Cannon.

    For more information on the conference or safety partners, please visit
www.hookedonroadsafety.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Natalie Sarafian, Press Secretary, Office of
the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa, (613)
991-0700; Fiona Macleod, Communications, Transport Canada, Ottawa, (613)
993-0055; Transport Canada is online at www.tc.gc.ca. Subscribe to news
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