Nov. 18, 2009
FREDERICTION (CNB) - Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John W. Foran issued the following message in observance of the National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims:
Wednesday, Nov. 18, is the National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims. As minister of public safety and as well as solicitor general, I remind New Brunswickers to take a moment to remember those whom we have lost to road collisions.
On average, one person dies every three hours on Canada's roads. That's nearly 3,000 deaths, in addition to 200,000 injuries, every year in Canada.
What makes these deaths and injuries even more tragic is that almost all of them could have been prevented. This shows how important it is to practise safe driving and to be mindful of the risks that are on our roads every day.
We all need to be responsible in avoiding deaths and serious injuries on our roads, whether as drivers, as passengers, or as pedestrians. There are a number of ways we can decrease risks and prevent collisions. These include wearing seat belts, driving at appropriate speeds for road conditions, avoiding distractions, using properly fitted child restraints, and not driving while impaired or fatigued.
We continue to work with our community and law enforcement partners to make our roads safer for everyone.
On Nov. 18, I ask everyone to remember the victims of road collisions and to be safe on our roads every day of the year.