Highway fatalities decrease in 2001

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OTTAWA, Ont. — Fatalities on Canada’s roads decreased 5.1 per cent in 2001, reaching the lowest number since 1954.

The numbers were reported in the Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics 2001 report, which includes data as far back as 1982. The report also indicates there was a 2.7 per cent decline in injuries.

In all, there were 2,433 fatal collisions in 2001, resulting in 2,778 deaths on Canadian roads.

"Although we have seen an impressive reduction in the number of people killed or injured on our roads, these figures are a reminder that there are still too many collisions, injuries and deaths," says Transport Minister, David Collenette. "Transport Canada will continue to work with provinces, territories and other safety agencies on Road Safety Vision 2010 – an initiative that aims to make Canada’s roads the safest in the world."

The Road Safety Vision 2010 initiative aims to reduce highway deaths by 30 per cent over the next five to seven years.

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