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Press Release - National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims

Canada’s First National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims Slated for November 19

Ottawa, November 18, 2008 – November 19 has been designated as a National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims in Canada. This is an opportunity to publicly remember the thousands of Canadian victims of traffic collisions and to acknowledge our collective responsibility in preventing serious injuries and deaths on our streets, roads and highways. It is time to speak out against the devastation caused by carelessness, recklessness and impaired judgment behind the wheel.

The National Day of Remembrance is being organized by the Canadian Global Road Safety Committee, whose membership is made up of injury prevention and road safety professionals, including the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA).

On average, eight Canadians are killed in road collisions every day. Many more are seriously injured or are indirectly affected by the death or maiming of loved ones. In the past 50 years, more Canadians have died on our roads than were killed in both world wars!

The sad fact is that almost all of these deaths and injuries are preventable. If we drive at a speed that is appropriate for road conditions, wear seat belts, use properly-fitted child restraints, and avoid driving when fatigued or impaired, we can significantly reduce the number of deaths and injuries from traffic collisions. It’s every motorist’s responsibility to conduct themselves – and their vehicles – in this manner!

Impaired driving remains the leading criminal cause of death in Canada. Families, friends and sometimes entire communities are devastated when the actions of an impaired driver take one of their own. Impaired driving is a horror that must end.

Let’s save lives… but how?

By using a whole lot of common sense. Here are some basic rules to follow:

  • Don’t drive while impaired by fatigue, drugs or alcohol.
  • Drive at a speed that is appropriate for the weather and road conditions.
  • Drive with courtesy and caution, without distractions.
  • Always wear your seat belt and ensure that others in your vehicle do so as well.
  • Maintain your vehicle in good condition and obey traffic laws, signs and signals.

Every time you get behind the wheel, you hold the life of others in your hands. Drive safely.

For further information, please contact Valerie Todd, Projects Manager, CCMTA; tel. 613.736.1003 ext 251; e-mail vtodd@ccmta.ca.

To find out more about the many activities planned for the National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims, visit www.rememberroadcrashvictims.ca.

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