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Recession reduced road deaths: Transport Canada

By Daniel Proussalidis, National Bureau



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Amidst the job losses, plant closures and economic worries Canadians experienced during the global recession in 2008, Transport Canada found a statistic worth celebrating.

The agency has just released stats that show a dramatic 12% drop in fatalities and a 13% reduction in serious injuries during road collisions compared to 2007.

"It is understood that the international economic recession of 2008, with its impact on global mobility in the country, may be partly responsible for this situation," officials said in an annual safety report recently tabled in Parliament.

However, officials caution the recession wasn't the only factor.

The report notes that the "decrease in fatalities is much more pronounced than the decrease in traffic."

That indicates there are other unknown factors at play.

The report also confirms that travelling by road remains far more dangerous than travelling by plane, boat or train.

In 2008, 2,419 people lost their lives on Canadian roads compared to 44, 20 and 74 in air, marine and rail respectively," says the Transport Canada report.

Still, Canadian road fatalities are down 43% between 1989 and 2008.

Statistics for years after 2008 are not available yet.


Do you think it is safer to drive on Canadian highways now than in previous years?

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