May 14-21, 2012 will mark Canada Road Safety Week, a national campaign to make Canada’s roads the safest in the world.
This week has been strategically chosen, as it is the first “summer” long weekend. More people are travelling and traffic collisions are more frequent. St. Thomas Police will be stationed at key locations to remind people that safe driving habits save lives and reduce injuries on our roadways.
The focus during Canada Road Safety Week will be on behaviours that reduce risks for drivers, passengers and other road users: sober and alert driving, seat belt use, and refraining from all aspects of aggressive driving.
“Anyone can become a victim of unsafe driving, whether by direct involvement or when a loved one is affected,” says Jason Geddes of the St. Thomas Police Service. “Police Services across the country are collaborating on this project because they have seen this kind of devastation, and because they know that the involvement of the driving public is essential to achieve safer streets and highways.”
Here in the City of St. Thomas there have been 4 deaths and 676 injuries over the last five years related to vehicle collisions. These are just numbers, but they represent a lot of pain and heartache for members of our community that could have been prevented.
Canada Road Safety Week is sponsored by Transport Canada and endorsed by police as part of the “Road Safety Strategy 2015”, which has a goal of making Canada’s roads the safest in the world.