February 1, 2008

Ottawa, Ontario – New statistics released by Transport Canada reveal that fewer people died on Canada’s roads in 2006 than in 2005. The brochure, Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics, is released annually; the latest edition provides statistics for 2006, as well as historical information dating back to 1987.

The figures show that the number of drivers in Canada continues to increase yearly. There were almost 22.3 million licensed drivers and over 18.7 million passenger vehicles on Canadian roads in 2006, but fatalities dropped from 2005 by 0.6 per cent, and injuries dropped by 2.6 per cent.

“Although there was a decrease in the number of lives lost on our roads in 2006, more needs to be done and we must remain vigilant,” said Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. “Reducing fatalities and injuries is an ongoing commitment with our partners, including other levels of government.”

While road fatalities still represent approximately 95 per cent of all transportation-related fatalities, Canada’s road safety record has steadily improved over the years. Since 1987, road traffic deaths have declined by 32.5 per cent. In 2006, there were 2,604 fatal collisions, leading to 2,889 deaths. Motor vehicle occupants accounted for 74.9 per cent of all road user fatalities, with 1,546 drivers and 617 passengers killed. In addition, 374 pedestrians, 218 motorcyclists and 73 bicyclists were killed.

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