Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Canada Warned against Road Death Complacency

Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Canada Warned against Road Death Complacency

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CANADA

Transport Canada have warned against complacency as figures for Canadian road safety show that 2004 saw a continuation of the decline in fatalities which has brought rates down almost 50% since 1980.

The 'Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics' for 2004 was published by government agency Transport Canada at the end of 2005. The figures show that the authorities are making progress towards the goals laid down in their 'Road Safety Vision 2010' plan, which aims to make Canada's roads the safest in the world by 2010. The plan, established in 1996 and reviewed in 2001, calls for a 30% decrease in road fatalities compared to the 1996-2001 period.

A study released by the agency in January, however, highlights the number of road deaths as compared to the number of homicides in the country. While the nation's media is preoccupied with the drama of homicides, the report says, car crash deaths outnumber murders by five to one. …

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