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Traffic fatalities dropped in 2006

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Canadian Press

OTTAWA – Transport Canada says traffic fatalities fell in 2006, even though the number of drivers rose.

The department says fatalities dropped 0.6 per cent to 2,889 and serious injuries were down 2.6 per cent to just over 15,000.

The number of drivers rose to 22.3 million in 2006 from just over 21.9 million the previous year.

Since 1987, road traffic deaths have declined by 32.5 per cent and the department says it wants to reduce the death toll by another 30 per cent by 2010.

Traffic fatalities account for almost 95 per cent of all transport-related deaths.

2,889 is a big number

To put it into perspective, seventy-seven Canadian soldiers and one diplomat have been killed since the Canadian military deployed to Afghanistan in early 2002 (as of Jan 15).

Written by Stephen Rees

February 2, 2008 at 12:38 pm

Posted in Transportation

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  1. In absolute terms, but proprtionally (as a perentage of those participating in the activity), I’d rather take my chances on the roads rather than going to Afghanistan.

    Ron C

    February 2, 2008 at 3:32 pm

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