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Press Release - RSV 2010

Canada’s Progress Towards Road Safety Vision 2010 Targets

Ottawa, October 27, 2006 - Canada achieved the lowest death toll in 55 years during 2004. Canada’s national road safety plan - called Road Safety Vision 2010 - is the road map against which government and non-government road safety organizations and advocates are seeking to reduce the average number of fatalities and serious injuries during the 2008-2010 period by 30% when compared to comparable figures during the 1996-2001 period. The ultimate objective of the Road Safety Vision is for Canada to have the safest roads in the world by 2010.

During the nine year time frame of Road Safety Vision 2010 (2002-2010), improvement is being measured on the basis of the average number of deaths and serious injuries during the most recent three year period. These figures are then compared with the average number of deaths and serious injuries during the 1996-2001 comparison period, to demonstrate the extent of progress.

The number of road users killed (2,725) and seriously injured (18,468) decreased by 8.1% and 5.1%, respectively, over average 1996-2001 baseline figures for the same indicators. The average number of victims killed and seriously injured during the 2002-2004 period were 5.4% and 3.3% lower, respectively, than comparable figures during the baseline period.

Noteworthy improvements occurred among a number of areas targeted under Road Safety Vision 2010. In particular, substantial improvement occurred in the number of:

  • unbelted fatally and seriously injured occupants (-10.0% and -15.5%, respectively),
  • fatally and seriously injured young drivers/riders (-13.6% and -11.9%, respectively),
  • fatally injured victims of rural road crashes (-10.6%),
  • seriously injured victims of intersection crashes (-9.0%), and
  • drivers involved in serious injury crashes involving alcohol (-11.0%).

Preliminary casualty figures for 2005 indicate that a slowdown has occurred in the progress toward the Road Safety Vision 2010 target objective for fatalities, as the death toll (2,923) increased by 7.3% over the 2004 fatality figure. However, the number of seriously injured road users (18,280) decreased slightly, by 1.0%, over 2004.

If annual traffic fatalities and serious injuries continue at similar rates, the annual death and serious injury toll due to traffic collisions will decrease by 2010. The national target for fatality and serious injury reductions (-30%) could be attained through substantive measures which focus on improvements in the areas targeted.

Canada’s fatality rate fell to the tenth lowest among the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) member countries from seventh lowest in 2003, based on ‘deaths per billion vehicle kilometres traveled’. The Netherlands, Sweden, Great Britain, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Australia, Switzerland and Germany had fatality rates that were lower than Canada’s. The United States ranked 11th.

Detailed information on jurisdictional progress towards the Road Safety Vision 2010 national target and sub-targets can be obtained at

For further information, please contact Valerie Todd, Projects Manager, CCMTA at 613-736-1003.
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