Public Notice: National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims

YELLOWKNIFE (November 16, 2016) – November 16 is the National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims in Canada.  Since 2007, citizens, support groups and road and safety officials have joined together on this day across Canada to remember crash victims, and to recognize that ‘safe driving saves lives.’

According to the 2014 Transport Canada statistics, on average, five people die on Canada’s roads each day.  Almost 1,900 people are killed each year, and nearly 149,000 are injured.

The prevalence of drug impaired driving is now rivaling alcohol impaired driving, while distracted driving is a growing safety concern across Canada.

The following high risk factors can contribute to collisions and are all preventable:

  • Driving impaired: Alcohol, drugs
  • Speeding and/or aggressive driving
  • Driver distraction ( e.g.: texting, cell phone use) and/or fatigue

Road crashes impact everyone. Victims, families and friends suffer the losses first hand, but so do entire communities. It can only take a moment to lose everything, and an entire life’s worth of memories can be gone because of a road crash.

For more on the National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims, visit roadcrashvictims.ca.