Aug 31, 2007

CAA reminds motorists to drive with care during holiday weekend

Ottawa, Ontario – The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) is reminding drivers to stay safe on the roads this Labour Day long weekend. A survey conducted for CAA indicated that an estimate 10 million Canadians will be on the highways this weekend, with 35 per cent responding that long weekend highway safety has become worse over the past few years.

“The Labour Day long weekend symbolizes the end of summer for most Canadians, and the CAA wants to remind Canadians to drive with caution during this busy time,” says David Armour, President of CAA. “To arrive safely, motorists travelling on our roads and highways this weekend need to recognize that driving is a responsibility that demands concentration and attention.”

CAA offers the following safety tips:

  • Familiarize yourself with your route before departing. Budget extra travel time, especially if you are uncertain of your route. Allow extra distance between cars, especially on busy highways.
  • Slow down; excessive speed is a contributing factor in 20 per cent of occupant fatalities.
  • The safest place for children under 12 is in the back seat, especially when there is an airbag for the passenger seat. About 70 per cent of automobile injuries to children can be prevented by using the correct car or booster seat for their height and weight.

  • Minimize driver distractions, including cell phones, and eating and drinking.

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