Ottawa, Ontario – The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) has released the results of its national road safety audit, which explores attitudes toward safety on the roads and highways approaching the summer’s busy driving season. The survey, carried out for CAA by Harris/Decima, polled 1,348 Canadians.

The survey found that 45 per cent of those polled feel less safe in their vehicles than they did ten years ago, while only 11 per cent feel safer than they did ten years ago. One of the major causes for concern is a belief that others are not as careful when they drive as they did in the past; 77 per cent said that people are not safer drivers today than they were compared to twenty years ago.

“Clearly Canadians are concerned about their safety on our roads and highways, and as Canada’s largest traffic safety advocate, this is a major concern for us,” said Tim Shearman, CAA president. “Canadians need to know that when they get into their vehicle each day to go to work, to drive their kids to soccer, or to embark on a long weekend holiday, that they are not putting themselves or their families at risk.”

The survey also found that 68 per cent of respondents felt that conditions of the roads and highways in their part of the country were getting worse, an increase of 12 per cent over last year’s survey.

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