Wednesday, November 20, 2013 marks the 6th annual National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims in Canada. Almost 2,200 people are killed each year on Canada’s roads and highways, and another 170,600 are injured—often seriously. That’s an average of six deaths every day or the equivalent of 30 busloads of people a year. Most of the victims are young drivers and those 75 and older. The social cost of motor vehicle collisions is about $63 billion per year. In Brampton alone, we loose an average 12 human lives each year in traffic collisions.
Simple actions, such as paying attention while driving, wearing a seat belt and not drinking or consuming drugs and driving can help greatly reduce the number of deaths. Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians can all contribute to road safety by being more careful and by following the rules of the road.
Road crashes impact everyone. Victims, families and friends suffer the losses first hand, and entire communities are also affected by the tragedies. On this day, communities are asked to take a stand and play a role in bringing to light the driving habits that can help save lives. There are four factors that can affect the risk of dying or being seriously injured in a car crash: distracted driving, impaired driving, aggressive driving and speed, and occupant protection.
Brampton Road Safety Committee will honour road crash victims
A special evening gathering ‘No Time to Say Goodbye’ will be presented by Road Safety Committee and Brampton Safe City Association on November 20th at the Chinguacousy Ski Chalet from 6.30 to 8.30 pm. Please observe a moment of silence and join the event remembering those who have died, for the injured, and for the families and friends who have lost so much .