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Press Release - RSV 2010 Mid-Term

CCMTA Completes Mid-Term Review of Road Safety Vision 2010

Ottawa, January 22, 2008 – Canada’s roads are gradually becoming safer to travel on due in large part to the efforts of road safety stakeholders in support of the country’s national road safety plan, called Road Safety Vision 2010. While this measured improvement is encouraging, a mid-term review of this safety plan, which was recently conducted by independent consultants, indicated that Canada’s roads could become even safer through additional efforts by agencies responsible for road safety.

Canada’s national road safety plan contains both a vision – ‘to have the safest roads in the world’ and a quantitative target – ‘to reduce fatalities and serious injuries by 30% during the 2008-2010 period over comparable figures during the 1996-2001 period’. Canada’s level of ‘road safety’ is measured on a ‘deaths per billion vehicle-kilometres travelled’ basis. Canada’s ‘death rate’ is compared with the world’s other leading industrial nations in order to determine if Canada is achieving its goal of having ‘the safest roads in the world’.

Road Safety Vision 2010 is a nine-year national road safety action plan, with a 2002-2010 timeframe, that seeks to achieve reductions in casualties through targeted interventions that are developed and implemented by governmental and non-governmental organizations focusing on the most critical road safety problems such as drinking and driving, non-use of seat belts and speeding.

The authors of the mid-term review examined jurisdictional progress reports and collision data, conducted telephone surveys and held focus groups and a workshop among key road safety stakeholders.

The consultants observed that noteworthy improvements had occurred among a number of areas targeted under Road Safety Vision 2010. Specifically, substantial progress occurred in the number of fatally or seriously injured crash victims who were unbelted or young drivers or who were involved in crashes at intersections or on rural roads.

The consultants indicated that substantially more progress could be achieved through the development of a road safety strategy and action plans with modeled targets and community consultations; a ‘safe systems approach’ for making road travel safer; increased multi-sectoral involvement, in particular from the infrastructure domain; increased resources for police enforcement, infrastructure programs, vehicle safety promotion and road safety risk awareness; more evaluation and monitoring of programs and assessments of network-wide risks; and the establishment of effective legislation and the adjustment of ineffective legislation where necessary.

Canadian jurisdictions have already begun to act on the findings of this review. A number of them have already developed or are implementing a number of key recommendations made by the consultants. For example, most jurisdictions have developed three-year road safety action plans and are seeking a commitment from their respective jurisdictional Ministers’ for the implementation of these plans.

Canada currently ranks 11th among the world’s leading economies in its efforts to have the safest roads in the world behind countries such as Sweden, the Netherlands and Great Britain.
The world leaders in road safety all have a number of common traits. They include:

  • A political champion who promotes road safety as an important public priority;
  • A lead road safety agency with overall responsibility and accountability for achieving results; and
  • Effective coordination and management arrangements within government.

In addition, these countries have adopted tough and sometimes unpopular measures. Examples include:

  • enhanced speed enforcement including the use of more speed cameras and higher fines for speeding;
  • reduced speed limits on selected sections of urban and rural roadways;
  • more black spot programs particularly on rural roads to identify high-risk road locations;
  • road infrastructure improvements to prevent head-on and single vehicle run-off-road crashes;
  • making intersections safer;
  • more drinking driving enforcement;
  • enhanced road safety public education programs,  particularly for the young and the elderly; and
  • expanded police enforcement in combination with public education programs targeting non-users of seat belts.

A renewed commitment by all road safety stakeholders and the adoption of tough measures should result in even safer road travel for Canadians in the future.

Detailed information on the Mid-Term Review of Road Safety Vision 2010 is available at

For jurisdictional information, please contact:

Lisa Howie - Tel: (250) 387-5692
Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General

Jeanette Espie - Tel: (780) 427-6588
Alberta Infrastructure & Transportation

Kwei Quaye - Tel: (306) 775-6182
Saskatchewan Government Insurance

Dianne DeKock - Tel: (204) 945-5776
Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation

Sue Lo - Tel: (416) 235-4050
Ontario Ministry of Transportation

Audrey Chaput or Gino Desrosiers - Tel: (418) 528-4894
Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec

Chrystiane Mallaley - Tel: (506) 444-5267
Dept. of Public Safety

Bernie Clancy – Tel: (902) 424-3541
Dept. of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal

Andrew Sprague - Tel: (902) 368 5112
Dept. of Transportation and Public Works

Vanessa Colman-Sadd – Tel: (709) 729-4860
Dept. of Government Services

Earl Blacklock – Tel: (867) 873-7712
Dept. of Transportation

Kira Steen - Tel: (867) 667-3146
Dept. of Highways and Public Works

Lorna Gee – Tel: (867) 360-4614
Dept. of Economic Development and Transportation

Jessie Chauhan - Tel: (613) 991-5933
Transport Canada

Background: Road Safety Vision 2010 Mid-Term Review Executive Summary

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