Islanders asked to remember road crash victims

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The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA), along with the Prince Edward Island Department of Transportation and Public Works, highway safety division, has set aside today, Nov. 19, as the first ever National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims. As such, all Islanders are asked to take a few moments today to remember someone lost to a highway collision.

"It's very important to remember those we've lost on Canada's roads, if for no other reason than to remind ourselves how important it is to drive safely," says Transportation Minister Ron MacKinley. "I applaud the CCMTA for setting aside this day to remember all those whose lives have comes to a tragic end as a result of a highway collision."

Every year, thousands of Canadians are directly affected by highway collisions, whether it's through the loss of a loved one, or by being personally involved in a road crash. It's always a tragedy, and almost always preventable.

"By working together, I believe we can help reduce the number of preventable deaths on this country's highway system," said MacKinley.

On average, eight Canadians die every day on our country's roads. In the past 50 years, more people have died on Canada's roads than in both world wars.

Organizations: Canadian Council, Motor Transport Administrators, Prince Edward Island Department of Transportation Public Works

Geographic location: Canada

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