OTTAWA, Ont. — The number of road fatalities on Canadian highways has decreased according to a report released by Transport Canada.
The newest Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics report there are more passenger vehicles and licensed drivers on Canadian roads than ever before. However, collisions and casualties decreased by five per cent compared to last year and injuries were down three per cent.
“I am pleased to see a decrease in lives lost on Canadian roads,” said Transport Minister Jean Lapierre. “Transport Canada will continue to work with its partners on Road Safety Vision 2010 and other initiatives to continue to further reduce fatalities and injuries on our roadways.”
Canada’s road safety record has been steadily improving in recent years. Traffic deaths are down nearly 50 per cent since 1980. Still, in 2003 there were 2,496 fatal collisions resulting in 2,778 deaths.
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