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Death toll on Canada's roads continues to decrease

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Khatir Soltani
As part of National Road Safety Week, Transport Canada is pleased to announce that fewer people are dying and suffering injuries on Canadian roads every year. Transport Canada today released statistics that confirm the continuing decline in severe road collisions.

"The safety and security of Canadian road users is important to our government," said the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. "The continuing decline in deaths from road collisions is very encouraging for road users and for the country. Everyone has a role to play in improving road safety and achieving our objective of making Canada's roads the safest in the world."

The Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics: 2009 indicates that considerable progress was made in Canada in 2009 compared to 2008 regarding the number of fatalities and injuries on Canadian roads. The most recent statistics reveal that there were 8.7 per cent fewer deaths in 2009 than in the year before. The latest numbers show that in 2009 there were 2,209 road user fatalities, down from 2,419 the previous year.

Despite the good news, too many people still die and are injured each day on Canadian roads. Keep in mind that one person dies every four hours on Canada's roads. Canadian road users can make a difference by making safe decisions on the roadways. We can each do our part by:
  • driving sober;
  • wearing a seatbelt;
  • observing speed limits;
  • not using cell phone or texting devices while driving; and
  • properly securing our children in the appropriate child car seats.
Motorists should also always pay attention to vulnerable road users (pedestrians and cyclists), and vulnerable road users should always pay attention when using or crossing a street. Take action now to make Canada's roads the safest in the world.

The motor vehicle traffic collision statistics are collected every year by all provinces and territories, and are added to the National Collision Database by Transport Canada. Collisions involving casualties on public roads represent all those reported to, or by, the police. The department shares these statistics with the provinces and territories, and uses the statistics to better understand road safety issues and trends, with the goal of improving road safety for all Canadians.

The Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics: 2009 is available on Transport Canada's website at

This is Canada's Year of Road Safety, with the goal of promoting a safety culture in Canada. Transport Canada is asking Canadians to rethink the way they drive. More information can be found at

To order a free copy, or for more information on the department's road safety programs, please call 1-800-333-0371.
Khatir Soltani
Khatir Soltani
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