Safer Drivers in Safer Cars on Safer Roads: An Invitation to Action
Roads and highways are an important resource for Canadians as they work and travel. With over 19 million registered vehicles and more than 21 million licensed drivers, Canadians are among the most mobile people in the world. However, due to underfunding and the absence of a long-term plan, our road transportation system has deteriorated, creating a serious health and safety issue for Canadians. Unsafe roads contribute to road fatalities and serious injuries. In 2001, according to federal government statistics, 2,778 road users were killed in traffic collisions and almost 17,000 suffered serious injuries, requiring hospitalization for at least 24 hours. Almost 224,000 road users - about 600 per day - suffered some form of physical injury. Many of the fatalities and serious injuries caused by crashes could be prevented if Canada had safer and more forgiving roads and highways. The federal government must do all it can to be proactive in reducing vehicular deaths and injuries, not only in creating safer drivers and safer vehicles, but also safer roads. According to the Council of Ministers Responsible for Transportation and Highway Safety, it is estimated that improved highways standards and reduced congestion on the National Highway System could reduce the number of fatalities by almost 250 and injuries by up to 16,000 each year.
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- Publication Date: 2004
- Media Type: Print
- Pagination: 1 vol., 12 p.
- TRT Terms: Crashworthiness; Driver education; Vehicle safety
- Uncontrolled Terms: Safety design
- Subject Areas: Safety and Human Factors; Vehicles and Equipment; I80: Accident Studies; I91: Vehicle Design and Safety;
- Accession Number: 01047090
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)
- Files: TAC
- Created Date: Mar 26 2007 10:47AM