Canada Road Safety Week: Don’t be the driving force behind traffic collisions

Municipal Services of Grey Bruce, Ontario, Joint Press Release

May 14th, 2019 – Today marks the beginning of Canada Road Safety Week, a 7-day national campaign aimed at making Canada’s roads the safest in the world. This annual awareness campaign is designed to increase public compliance with safe driving measures in order to save lives and reduce injuries on Canada’s roads.

According to the Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics, 2017, there were 1,841 motor vehicle fatalities and 9,960 serious injuries due to motor vehicle collisions. Here in the Grey Bruce area, municipal services have responded to four fatalities and one-hundred-eighty reported injuries due motor vehicle collisions since 2017. In most cases, these incidents were preventable.

“Driving in Ontario is a privilege and we all have a duty to pay full attention to the roadway. It is important that we drive in a safe, responsible manner and that drivers are cognizant of their surroundings.” says West Grey Police Chief Robert Martin.

This is why the focus of this campaign is on behaviours that put drivers, passengers, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users at risk. Again this year, we will be encouraging Canadians to stop alcohol-impaired driving, drug-impaired driving, fatigue-impaired driving, distracted driving, aggressive driving and driving without wearing a seatbelt.

The municipal police services of the Grey Bruce area, are proud to be participating in this year’s Canada Road Safety Campaign. While this public safety initiative is part of a national effort to help advance Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2025 to make Canada’s roads the safest in the world, we are confident that our local efforts will help make the roads here in among the safest in Canada.

 

 

For further information please contact:

 

Cst. Cory Trainor

Media Relations Officer

519-369-3040

ctrainor@westgreyps.ca