Nov. 17, 2008
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following message concerning the National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims was released today by Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John W. Foran.
The National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims will be observed on Wednesday, Nov. 19. As minister of public safety and solicitor general, I would like to remind New Brunswickers to remember those we have lost to road collisions.
On average, eight Canadians are killed in road collisions every day, and many more are seriously injured. In fact, over the past 50 years, more Canadians have died on our roads than in both world wars. It is a solemn reminder of the risks that are out there every day on our roads, and of the importance of driving safely. Almost all of these injuries and deaths could have been avoided.
We all have a responsibility to prevent deaths and serious injuries on our roads. People can greatly reduce the risk by driving at speeds appropriate for the road conditions, wearing seat belts, avoiding distractions, using properly fitted child restraints, and avoiding driving while impaired or fatigued.
The safety and security of our residents is central to reaching our goal of self-sufficiency, and we must do everything we can to be safe and to improve highway safety for the benefit of all New Brunswickers.
On Nov. 19, I ask that you take a moment to remember those we have lost, and to do your part throughout the year to practice safe driving.