April 9, 2003

Alcohol, speeding, slippery roads main factors in rollovers – report

Ottawa, Ontario – Transport Minister David Collenette announced the release of a report on the occurrence and cause of light vehicle rollovers in Canada. Light duty vehicles are classified as cars, pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles, minivans and full size vans.

The study demonstrates that alcohol consumption, speeding and slippery roads are the main contributing factors in crashes involving a rollover. The study also shows that most vehicle rollovers occur on roads where the posted speed limit is between 70 and 90 kilometres per hour.

There are approximately 25,000 collisions involving light duty vehicle rollovers each year in Canada, resulting in an average of 500 deaths and 15,000 injuries annually.

“The results of this study show the important role motorists can play in increasing safety by respecting posted speed limits and advisory signs, and reducing speed during inclement weather to minimize the risk of a rollover,” said Mr. Collenette. “As part of its commitment to safety, Transport Canada also has an important role to play in conducting research to reduce collisions and save lives.”

In 2003, Transport Canada will be conducting tests on some makes of vehicles equipped with electronic stability control systems to evaluate their effect on stability and the risk of rollover in various manoeuvres. The findings will allow Transport Canada to assess whether stability control systems should become required equipment on new motor vehicles.

The report is available on Transport Canada’s Web site (www.tc.gc.ca/roadsafety/tp/tp14031/en/menu.htm).

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