The next time you get behind the wheel of your car, think about this sobering statistic – one person dies every three hours on Canadian roads, that's seven people a day, 2,800 people a year. Another 195,000 people a year are hurt – often seriously. Most of the victims are young drivers or drivers that are 75 and older. And for every person killed or injured, there are a countless of loved ones left to deal with the sudden loss or incapacitation of people they love.
Simple actions, such as paying attention while in your vehicle or near a roadway, wearing seat belts, not drinking and driving, not talking on your cell phone or text messaging, can help reduce the number of deaths. Most Canadians wear their seat belts, but those who don't make up 40 per cent of all traffic deaths. Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians can all help by being more careful and by following the rules of the road.
We can save lives by rethinking the way we drive. One way to do that is to participate in the National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims on November 17.
“We're asking Canadians to take a moment to remember victims, their families and friends, and to ask themselves what they can do to prevent such senseless tragedies,” said Canada's Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Minister Chuck Strahl.
Since 2006, the Government of Canada has taken action to curb dangerous driving, by recently passing two new important pieces of legislation. It has made penalties for street racing more strict, and increased the penalties for driving under the influence of drugs.
There are many ways you can participate. One of those ways is to create your very own event. You can easily download posters, ads, post cards and safe driving tips at www.rememberroadcrashvictims.ca as well as post an online tribute to someone you loved and lost.