OTTAWA, Nov. 19, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, today released the following statement to mark the seventh annual National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims:
"Our Government takes road and motor vehicle safety seriously. Today, we remember the lives lost due to road fatalities and express support for the families affected. While the number of fatalities has been decreasing over the past years, more effort is needed. Most traffic collisions can be avoided and making the decision to save lives can be as simple as wearing a seat belt, slowing down, or just focusing on the act of driving.
"Observing this day helps raise awareness of the approximately 2,000 fatalities and 165,000 injuries that occur each year from road crashes in Canada. It commemorates the memory of victims of these crashes and reminds Canadians of the importance of road and motor vehicle safely."
The National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims website has downloadable decals, safe driving tips, statistics, an interactive "leave the phone alone" pledge form, virtual bouquets and teddy bears in the "Tribute to Victims" section that loved ones can post in memory of someone they lost in a crash.
Visit www.rememberroadcrashvictims.ca for more information.
This statement may be made available in alternative formats for persons living with visual disabilities.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information: Ashley Kelahear, Director of Communications, Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, Ottawa, 613-991-0700; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, 613-993-0055