Canada Road Safety Week is May 17-23

Public Service Announcement

Yellowknife — May 18, 2022

This week 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. The focus of this campaign continues to be on the elimination of impaired driving, distracted driving, aggressive driving, and driving without a seatbelt.

This year’s campaign offers a strong reminder that drivers’ decisions not only affect them, but also their passengers, other drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians with whom they share the road. Too many drivers make their choices based on the level of risk they are personally willing to accept, with a total disregard for the risk they pose to others. That’s why this year’s campaign theme is “Safer You. Safer Me.”

Drivers are reminded to keep their eyes on the road, keep their hands on the wheel, stay focused on driving, and keep the safety of themselves and others in mind when they make decisions at the wheel.

Unprecedented flooding is currently affecting thousands of residents in the Northwest Territories. Drivers are encouraged to stay aware of local driving conditions, be patient and follow any local direction. For up-to-date road conditions, please review the Highway Conditions Map or follow Infrastructure’s Twitter account.

Each year, the Government of the Northwest Territories produces road reports that help us understand the driving environment within our territory. Here are some highlights from the most recent year.

  • NWT Collision Facts 2020
    • 445 collisions were reported in 2020.
    • There were 1.69 collisions per 100 licensed drivers.
    • 30 collisions involved alcohol, resulting in 20 injuries and 2 fatalities.
    • Fridays between 3-4pm in January are the most likely time to be in a collision.
    • You are most likely to be in a collision on an asphalt road with no defects during the daytime on a clear day.
  • NWT Highway Traffic Report 2020
    • 113.6 million vehicle kilometres were traveled.
    • The Dettah Ice Road is the most travelled winter road in the territory, with an average daily travel of 752 vehicles in 2021.
  • 2020/2021 Annual Report of Registrar of Motor Vehicles
    • 1,049 suspensions issued.
    • 147 Criminal Code convictions.
    • The most common Motor Vehicles Act Conviction is speeding.


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INF Communications

Department of Infrastructure
Government of the Northwest Territories