November 18th 2015 is marked as the National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims set aside to remember people killed or seriously injured on Canadian roads, often in avoidable collisions, and those left to deal with the sudden and unexpected loss of those they love.
On average, one person dies every five hours on Canadian roads. More than 160 people lose their lives in a month. 37 people are killed (on average) each week; 5 people die on Canada’s roads on average per day. Each year in Canada, over 1,900 people are killed in road crashes and another 165,000 are injured. Road crash victims also include families, friends and colleagues who must live forever with the loss or suffering of their loved ones.
When it comes to road safety, the best tips are the obvious ones: Don’t drink and drive, don’t speed, don’t drive distracted and always buckle up. If everyone were to pay more attention and follow traffic rules, Canada could have the world’s best road safety record.
Road safety is a shared responsibility and each of us can take action to make our roads safer. Let’s act responsibly.