OTTAWA, June 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Driver fatigue is a contributing factor in
up to 19% of all fatal collisions, according to the Canadian Council of Motor
Transport Administrators (CCMTA).
Analysis of data from all provinces and territories suggests fatigue was
a leading factor in traffic collisions that resulted in about 500 deaths in
2005 (the most recent year for which complete figures are available).
"Drivers need to learn to recognize the first signs of fatigue such as
yawning, difficulty keeping eyes open, involuntary lane changes, last-minute
braking, difficulty maintaining regular speed, missing an exit or not
remembering the last few kilometers driven," said Valerie Gil, co-chair of
CCMTA's Strategy to Reduce Impaired Driving (STRID) Sub-Group on Fatigue and
traffic safety expert involved in analyzing the national data. Those most at
risk are professional/commercial drivers, shift workers, young people, and
those with sleep disorders.
The percentage of fatigue-related collisions follows closely behind the
published percentages of fatal injuries related to speed and alcohol; so
preventing drowsy driving would save many lives every year and would help
greatly in achieving Canada's Road Safety Vision 2010 objective of having the
safest roads in the world.
As many Canadian families head out for their summer vacations, CCMTA
wishes to remind drivers to exercise extra caution at the wheel. Fatigue can
hit suddenly. Don't wait: as soon as you notice any signs of fatigue, pull
over in a safe spot to rest.
CCMTA is a non-profit organization comprising representatives of the
provincial, territorial and federal governments of Canada, which, through the
collective consultative process, makes decisions on administration and
operational matters dealing with licensing, registration and control of motor
vehicle transportation and highway safety. It also comprises associate members
whose expertise and opinions are sought in the development of strategies and
The CCMTA STRID Sub-Group on Fatigue developed a strategy which was
approved by the CCMTA Board of Directors in January 2005. The sub-group also
prepared a national estimate of fatigue-related fatalities and serious
injuries, relying on collision data obtained from Transport Canada's National
Collision Database (NCDB). The report is based on a statistical model of
fatigue-related crashes. It excludes all collisions with the following
criteria: presence of mechanical defects; speeding; presence of alcohol or
drugs; road conditions other than dry pavement; driver with medical
conditions; collisions with pedestrian or animal; and collisions with turning
movement, angle and sideswipe.
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For further information: about driver fatigue, contact Valerie Todd,
CCMTA, (613) 736-1003 ext 251, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit