OTTAWA, Nov. 15, 2017 /CNW/ - On average, five people die on Canada's roads each day.* Wednesday, November 15 is the National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims in Canada. Each year in Canada, over 1,800 people are killed and nearly 162,000 are injured (over 10,200 seriously).*
- The prevalence of drug driving is now rivaling alcohol impaired driving
- Distracted driving is a growing safety concern
- High risk factors that can contribute to collisions are all preventable. They include:
- Driving impaired: alcohol, drugs
- Speeding and/or aggressive driving
- Driver distraction (e.g.: texting, cell phone use) and/or fatigue
- Failure to wear a seat belt
Road crashes impact everyone. Victims, families and friends suffer the losses first hand, but so do entire communities. On this day, communities across Canada are joining with their citizens, road safety stakeholders, enforcement officials and support groups in remembering those lost, and to recognize that 'safe driving saves lives.'
Since 2007, the third Wednesday of November has been set aside for Canadians to remember those who have lost their lives or been seriously injured on Canadian roads.
*Source: Transport Canada (2017). Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics 2015. DISCLAIMER: The number of yearly fatalities on Canada's roads and highways fluctuates from year to year. It is based on 1,858 fatalities and 161,902 injuries in 2015.
The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA)
The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) is an incorporated non-profit organization in Canada that coordinates all matters dealing with the administration, regulation and control of motor vehicle transportation and highway safety. Membership includes representation from provincial and territorial governments as well as the federal government of Canada. www.ccmta.ca
SOURCE CANADIAN COUNCIL OF MOTOR TRANSPORT ADMINISTRATORS
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