Road deaths down

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OTTAWA, Ont. — Transport Canada says on-road fatalities declined 1.8 per cent in 2000, however, injuries jumped 2.4 per cent at the same time.

There were 2,560 collisions leading to deaths in 2000. This is down from the previous year and the lowest mark since 1955. Additionally, there were 155,968 collisions leading to 227,500 injuries.

The information was released earlier this week in a report compiled by Transport Canada and the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators.

Vehicle occupants accounted for 77.6 per cent of all road-user fatalities, with 1,489 drivers and 776 passengers killed. As well, 368 pedestrians, 179 motorcyclists and 42 bicyclists were killed on the road.

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