Ottawa, Ontario – Wednesday, November 18 is the National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims in Canada, publicly remembering thousands of victims of traffic collisions and acknowledging a collective responsibility to prevent serious injuries and deaths on the roads.
The National Day of Remembrance is organized by the Canadian Global Road Safety Committee, whose membership consists of injury prevention and road safety professionals, including the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA).
“We are speaking out against the devastation caused by carelessness, recklessness and impaired judgment behind the wheel,” said CCMTA president Charles O’Donnell. “On average, one person dies every three hours in road collisions in Canada, every day of the year. Many more people are seriously injured or indirectly affected by the death or maiming of loved ones.”
O’Donnell noted that road collision deaths and injuries disproportionately target the young, with 28 per cent of deaths and 32 per cent of injuries occurring among people under the age of 25.
“The said fact is that almost all of these deaths and injuries are preventable,” O’Donnell said. “If we drive at a speed that is appropriate for road conditions, wear seatbelts, use properly-fitted child restraints, and don’t drive when fatigued, distracted or impaired, we can significantly reduce the number of deaths and injuries from traffic collisions. It’s every motorist’s responsibility to conduct themselves and their vehicles in this manner.”