Students call for a National Teen Driver Safety Week
OTTAWA, Oct. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Transport Minister Lisa Raitt yesterday
congratulated attendees at a national youth road safety symposium on
their leadership in working to make roads safer in their communities.
Youth Ambassadors with Parachute's national teen driver safety Project
Gearshift joined Ottawa-area youth to address traffic crashes as the
leading cause of teenage deaths and to endorse calls for a National
Teen Driver Safety Week the third week in October.
"The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring the safety and
security of our transportation system and I am very pleased to be here
today to support this important initiative," said Minister Raitt. "We
all have a role to play in the improvement of road safety if we want to
achieve our objective of making Canada's roads the safest in the
"We are honoured today to have Minister of Transport, Lisa Raitt,
recognize the efforts of Canadian youth to save their lives and those
of their friends," said Louise Logan, President and CEO of Parachute.
"I congratulate our youth leaders for recognizing this important issue
and for making action plans to address it."
Youth had gathered to learn more about road safety and to develop
strategies to take back to their own communities. As part of this, the
students, with Parachute and State Farm®, are urging Canadians to
recognize the third week in October each year as National Teen Driver
Safety Week, to focus attention on this serious issue. A diverse group
including police, health units and industry have endorsed this call to
As a new report from the Traffic Injury Research Foundation finds, while
the number of teen drivers killed in road crashes is declining over
time, the problem is far from resolved. TIRF notes that in 2010, 16- to
19-year-old drivers were still 30% more likely to be killed in road
crashes than drivers 20 and older. Males account for almost three
quarters of all teen driver deaths.
About Project Gearshift
Project Gearshift (www.projectgearshift.ca), a program of Parachute, is designed to raise awareness of teen driver
safety issues in Canada. It gives youth the tools to identify and
tackle the main traffic issues in their communities - from pedestrian
safety in urban areas to drinking and driving in rural communities.
Parachute (www.parachutecanada.org) is a national, charitable organization dedicated to preventing
injuries and saving lives. Parachute officially came into being in July
2012 and unites the former organizations of Safe Communities Canada,
Safe Kids Canada, SMARTRISK and ThinkFirst Canada into one leader in
injury prevention. Parachute's injury prevention solutions, knowledge
mobilization, public policy and social awareness efforts are designed
to help Canadians reduce their risks of injury while achieving
Parachute's vision of an injury-free Canada where Canadians enjoy long
lives lived to the fullest. See us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/parachutecanada), or join us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/parachutecanada)
About State Farm
State Farm has been serving Canadians since 1938. State Farm is a
Fortune 100 company and is the leading Property and Casualty insurer in
North America with more than 80 million policyholders. In addition to
providing affordable car insurance rates, (link to http://www.statefarm.ca/insurance/auto/) State Farm has more than 500 Canadian agents and 1,700 employees
providing insurance and financial services including mutual funds, life
insurance, vehicle loans, critical illness, disability, home and auto
insurance to our customers in Ontario, Alberta and New Brunswick. For
more information, please visit www.statefarm.ca, join us on Facebook www.facebook.com/statefarmcanada, follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/statefarmcanada, or see us on YouTube www.youtube.com/statefarm.
Image with caption: "The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport (right) joins Parachute President and CEO, Louise Logan, (left) and Parachute Youth Ambassadors for a youth symposium on teen driver safety in Ottawa. Parachute is calling for Canadians to recognize a National Teen Driver Safety Week the third week of October. Photo credit: Lois Siegel (CNW Group/Parachute)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131023_C6333_PHOTO_EN_32420.jpg
For further information:
Kathy Blair, Parachute