SUNNYBROOK HEALTH SCIENCES CENTRE

SUNNYBROOK HEALTH SCIENCES CENTRE

November 18, 2009 10:45 ET

Ontario's lead trauma hospitals remember road crash victims

Attention: Assignment Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - Nov. 18, 2009) - November 18 marks the National Day of Remembrance of Road Crash Victims. It is a day set aside to remember those killed or seriously injured on Canadian roads, often in avoidable collisions, and those left to deal with the sudden and unexpected loss of people they love.

The Lead Trauma Hospitals Provincial Trauma Network (LTHPTN) in Ontario and the Trauma Association of Canada (TAC) wish to raise awareness on this year's theme - "Raising awareness of the number of deaths on Canadian roads."

Since January 1st, 2009 there have been 176,348 injuries and 2,634 deaths on Canada's roads.

The good news is that we can save lives. In 2008, one life was saved every day because Canada is:
- Providing injury prevention education and awareness
- Increasing enforcement
- Introducing new policies
- Building safer vehicles
- Changing road user behaviours
- Improving our roads

But even though the number of deaths on our roads is going down, there is still a great deal of work to do.

"As the first and largest trauma centre in Canada, Sunnybrook sees first-hand the tragic results of road collisions," says Joanne Banfield, Manager of the RBC First Office for Injury Prevention at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the Injury Prevention spokesperson for TAC. "The toll these crashes take on our communities and loved ones is immense. November 18 is our opportunity to remember the victims and their families, and to express support."

For more information on the National Day of Remembrance of Road Crash Victims, please visit www.rememberroadcrashvictims.ca

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Media Contact:

Laura Bristow, Communications Advisor, Sunnybrook
Phone: (416) 480-4040

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Contact Information

  • Laura Bristow, Communications Advisor, Communications & Stakeholder Relations
    Primary Phone: 416-480-4040