Who organizes the National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims?

The Canadian Council for Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) is the steward of the campaign and planner of the National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims. We organize the activities and communications for the national event, and develop materials for all road safety partners to use. In addition, CCMTA plans and hosts the national event in consultation with our road safety stakeholders.

Who is responsible for road safety?

In Canada, responsibility for road safety is divided among various levels of government, and falls within the purview of the provincial or territorial jurisdiction. Canada's Road Safety Strategy 2015 is Canada's plan to improve road safety on our roads. It provides jurisdictions with a framework of best practices to address specific road safety challenges.

This includes:

  • raising public awareness and commitment to road safety, an example would be today's event and its complimentary campaign: Leave the Phone Alone
  • improving communication, cooperation and collaboration among all stakeholders by sharing information
  • supporting enforcement efforts through activities like Road Safety Week, the CCMTA Police Partnership Award and sharing information and research,
  • On-going research and evaluation. Road Safety Strategy 2015 includes more than 180 promising and proven initiatives targeting key safety issues.

How many people are killed and injured on Canada's roads each year?

Each year in Canada, over 1,800 people are killed in road crashes and on average, 162,000 are injured (10,200 seriously). On average, five people die on Canada's roads each day.

What can Canadians do to stay safe when driving?

Drivers and pedestrians can do much to keep safe; taking care as a pedestrian when crossing the street, wearing a seat belt—whether a driver or passenger, not running red lights, speeding, tailgating, driving tired, inebriated or drugged, and leaving the phone alone.

Avoidable actions safe lives. When it comes to road safety, the best tips are: Don't drink and drive, don't speed, and always buckle up. If everyone were to pay more attention and follow traffic rules, our roads would be safer, and our communities safer.

What is the Canadian Council for Motor Transport Administrators?

Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators is the official organization in Canada for coordinating all matters dealing with the administration, regulation and control of motor vehicle transportation and highway safety. CCMTA includes representatives from all provincial, territorial and federal governments of Canada who make decisions on administration and operational road safety matters through a collective consultative process.

How can people get involved in the National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims?

The National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims website roadcrashvictims.ca provides ideas for communities who wish to raise awareness of the day, including a campaign tool kit. The support material includes downloadable decals, safe driving tips, statistics, an interactive "leave the phone alone" pledge form, virtual bouquets and teddy bears in the "Tribute to Victims" section that loved ones can post in memory of someone they lost in a crash

Who are the partners in the National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims?

The 2014 national event partners include MADD Canada, the Josh Field Support Network, Arrive Alive, Ministry of Transportation Ontario, and Parachute. We are grateful to these organizations and to our enforcement and emergency service personnel for their commitment to road safety and all that they do.