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Further drop in Road Fatalities: 2007

March 24, 2010 - OTTAWA — Fewer deaths are occurring on Canada’s roads every year, according to the latest statistics released today by Transport Canada.

The 2007 Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics reveal a 4.4-per-cent decrease, from 2,889 to 2,767, in road user fatalities from the year before. Current estimates for 2008 show an even greater decline in the numbers, continuing a downward trend that began over two decades ago.

“Although fewer lives are being lost on our roads every year, remaining vigilant about safety is still key. Driving safely, wearing seatbelts and staying sober behind the wheel are all essential in helping to reduce fatalities and injuries on the road,” said Canada’s Transport Minister John Baird. “The Government of Canada has introduced new safety standards and regulations to help keep Canadians safe.”

Transport Canada announced that effective August 31, 2011, automakers must install Electronic Stability Control (ESC) technology in Canadian vehicles. ESC helps drivers stay in control when they need to swerve or brake suddenly to avoid an obstacle or turn corners on slippery roads. Transport Canada data show that vehicles equipped with ESC are involved in fewer severe collisions caused by loss of control, resulting in significantly fewer deaths and injuries when compared to vehicles not equipped with ESC.

Since 1987, road traffic deaths have declined by 32.5 per cent. The latest statistics show that in 2007, about 52.2 per cent of those who died were motor vehicle drivers, 22 per cent were passengers and 13.6 per cent were pedestrians.

The motor vehicle traffic collision statistics are collected annually by all provinces and territories, and added to the National Collision Database by Transport Canada. The collisions involving casualties on public roads represent all those reported to, or by, the police. The department uses these statistics to further understand road safety issues and trends, with the goal of improving road safety for all Canadians.

The Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics: 2007 is available on Transport Canada’s website at To order a free copy, or for more information on the department’s road safety programs, please call 1-800-333-0371.

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James Kusie
Director of Issues Management and
Parliamentary Affairs
Office of Canada's Transport Minister
John Baird, Ottawa
Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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