November 20: National Day of Remembrance places focus on road fatalities

 As of the end of this October, 60 people have been killed in motor vehicle collisions on public roadways in Manitoba. Manitoba Public Insurance, in partnership with its road safety partners, is hoping the annual National Day of Remembrance for road crash victims encourages all motorists to think road safety.

 “To know that 60 people this year have lost their lives in motor vehicle collisions is very concerning,” said Satvir Jatana, vice-president responsible for communications, Manitoba Public Insurance.

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 The National Day of Remembrance ─which is spearheaded by the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators and recognized in all provinces and territories across Canada ─is a reminder to all motorists that they must think about the consequences of their actions while behind the steering wheel.

 “Many road deaths are preventable,” said Jatana. “It takes only one second to fasten a seatbelt. Drinking and driving is not only a fatal combination, but it endangers everyone else on the roads. Every single motor vehicle fatality is a tragic and heartbreaking event that too often didn’t need to happen.

 “The National Day of Remembrance raises awareness about the importance of road safety. It’s equally important that road users go beyond that one day and think about road safety every day of the year,” said Jatana. “Safe driving behaviour will lead to fewer deaths and injuries on our roadways.”

 In efforts to reduce the number of fatalities on Manitoba roadways, Manitoba Public Insurance’s popular ‘Save the 100’ campaign is aimed at reducing the fatality count down to zero by changing how drivers think about road safety, the way they drive, and the decisions made behind the wheel.

Quick Facts:

• Each year in Manitoba about 30 people are killed as a result of distracted driving

• Each year in Manitoba about 25 people are killed in alcohol related road crashes.

• A person is nearly 40 times more likely to be killed and five times more likely to be seriously injured when not wearing a seatbelt.

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