OTTAWA, Ont. — Transport Minister David Collenette says road fatalities are on the decrease as called for by Road Safety Vision 2010.
Road fatalities, which account for 90 per cent of transport related deaths, have decreased by six per cent, and serious injuries related to road travel have dropped by 15 per cent, since 1996.
Road Safety Vision 2010, is a long-term plan aimed at reducing the number of road fatalities and serious injuries in Canada by 30 per cent compared to the 1996-2001 average figures.
“It is imperative that we keep working to make our roads safer,” says Collenette. “Although statistics indicate that progress has been made in reducing fatalities and serious injuries, we must remain vigilant in our efforts to lower these numbers further.”
Over the past 13 years, the number of licensed drivers in Canada has increased from approximately 17 million to 21 million. The number of registered vehicles is also on the rise with an increase of 16 million to 18 million.
“Achieving the goals set out in Road Safety Vision 2010 will save an estimated 5,000 lives over the next eight years,” the minister concludes.
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