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Media advisory,
Wednesday, November 15, 2017,
National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims



Broadcast time: 08:40
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Traffic Services
416-808-1900


Improving road safety and traffic flow for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists is one of our goals in support of the Service priority and commitment to safe communities and neighbourhoods.

The National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims is a day set aside to remember people killed or seriously injured on Canadian roads, often in avoidable collisions, and those left to deal with the sudden and unexpected loss of loved ones.

A day set aside to remember is an opportunity to educate.

Most of these fatalities and injuries are preventable. Raising awareness of the number of Canadians who have been affected by the consequences of road crashes, including those who have been injured and those who have died, may save a life.

Road safety is a shared responsibility and each of us can take action to make our roads safer.

Facts:

• On average, five people die on Canada’s roads every single day.

• Each year in Canada, over 1,800 people are killed and nearly 162,000 are injured (over 10,200 seriously).

• Alcohol, drugs, speeding, driver distraction (e.g.: texting, calling), fatigue and failure to buckle up are key factors that can contribute to collisions.

• Road crash victims also include families, friends and colleagues who must live with the loss or suffering of their loved ones.

• The prevalence of drugs and driving is rivaling alcohol-impaired driving

High-risk factors or behaviours that lead to crashes are all preventable.

These include:

• Driving impaired: Alcohol, drugs
• Speeding and/or aggressive driving
• Driver distraction and/or fatigue
• Failure to wear a seat belt

The National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims website http://roadcrashvictims.ccmta.ca/en/. The public is invited to share their comments on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RememberRoadCrashVictims or on Twitter @RoadVictims_Nov using the hashtag: #RememberRoadVictims.



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Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Constable Clint Stibbe, Traffic Services