April 24, 2007

Canadian youths participate in Global Road Safety Week

Ottawa, Ontario – This week marks the beginning of the first ever Global Road Safety Week, focusing on young road users.

“Road safety is about taking action to prevent fatalities and injuries, and it is everyone’s responsibility,” said the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. “Global Road Safety Week is a great opportunity to raise awareness about the leading factors and impacts of road traffic fatalities and injuries, and to promote action toward prevention.”

Annually, there are over 1.2 million people killed and another 50 million injured in traffic collisions worldwide. More than 40 per cent of them are under 26 years of age. Road traffic injuries are the second leading cause of death for people in this age group. Young men are nearly three times more likely to be killed or injured on the roads than young women.

In recognition of Global Road Safety Week, eight young Canadians will attend the World Youth Assembly for Road Safety in Geneva, Switzerland on April 23rd and 24th, 2007. The youth are Jennifer Heatley of Halifax, Nova Scotia; Candace Salmon of Maugerville, New Brunswick; Jonathan Beauvais of Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec; Nicole Lacroix of Barrie, Ontario; Morgan Slater of Etobicoke, Ontario; Natalie Rouskov of Toronto, Ontario; Duane Ironstand of Shortdale, Manitoba and William Hui of Vancouver, British Columbia. They will also attend the Canadian Road Safety Youth Conference in Montreal from June 6th to 8th, to help engage other young Canadians in improving road safety in their communities.

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