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Executive Summary, Canada's Road Safety Targets to 2010

Transport Canada, February 2003

Canada's inaugural national road safety vision--"to have the safest roads in the world,"--and plan-- Road Safety Vision 2001--were adopted by the Council of Ministers of Transportation and Highway Safety in 1996. Although Canada's fatality rate per 10,000 motor vehicles registered decreased from 1.79 in 1996 to 1.63 during 1998, its international ranking among Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member countries decreased to 9th from 8th during 1996 and 1997 because some other countries achieved even more impressive gains during the same period. In October 2000, the Council of Ministers for Transportation and Highway Safety approved a longer term successor plan, called Road Safety Vision 2010, to carry forward the work of Canada's inaugural national road safety plan. The national target calls for a 30% decrease in the average number of road users killed and seriously injured during the 2008-2010 period over comparable 1996-2001 figures. Numerous sub-targets are mentioned. [Adapted from the Executive Summary]