Ottawa, Ontario – A new road safety strategy will see Canada continue striving toward having having the safest roads in the world. Road Safety Strategy 2015 will be used by individual jurisdictions to develop federal, provincial and territorial action plans to address key highway safety concerns and priorities.
The program will carry on the progress that has been achieved since 1996, when Canada’s first road safety plan was introduced. The fatality toll among road users killed in traffic crashes was 8.7 per cent lower in 2009 than it was in 2008, and represents a 25.1 per cent reduction over the 1996-2001 baseline figure. This is the lowest death toll on record in Canada in more than 60 years.
The new strategy is the result of a broad collaborative effort between all levels of government, public and private road safety stakeholders, and the enforcement community. It provinces each province and territory with a wide variety of solutions to address key road safety risks, with a focus on road users, the vehicles they use and the roadway infrastructure. The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators will lead the implementation of the strategy and support stakeholders in the process.
The unveiling of Road Safety Strategy 2015 coincides with the National Year of Road Safety in 2011, which aims to raise public awareness and promote road safety activities nationwide.