Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)

Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)

May 14, 2008 10:03 ET

CAA, Canada's Largest Road Safety Advocate, Releases Results of National Road Safety Audit

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 14, 2008) - As Canada's largest traffic safety advocate, the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA), released the results today of its national road safety audit. A survey of 1,348 Canadians was carried out for CAA by Harris/Decima, which explored Canadian attitudes on the safety of our roads and highways as we approach summer's busy driving season. The survey found that almost half (45%) of Canadians feel less safe in their vehicles than they did ten years ago, while only 11% feel safer than they did 10 years ago. One of the major causes of this concern is that they believe others are not as careful when they drive as they were in the past. When asked if people are safer drivers today compared to twenty years ago, 77% of Canadians said no.

"Clearly Canadians are concerned about their safety on our roads and highways and as Canada's largest traffic safety advocate, this is a major concern for us", said Tim Shearman, CAA President. "Canadians need to know that when they get into their vehicle each day to go to work, to drive their kids to soccer, or to embark on a long week-end holiday, that they are not putting themselves or their families at risk".

The survey also found that 68% of Canadians felt that the condition of the roads and highways in their part of the country were getting worse, an increase of 12% over last year.

"The message is clear - with deteriorating infrastructure and increased vehicles on the road, the overall safety of the roads and highways is in a state of decline", said Mr. Shearman. "It's time for governments to see roads as an investment and allocate dedicated funding to address the concerns of 70% of Canadians who feel that a greater proportion of federal transfers to municipalities should go towards roads and highways".

About the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)

CAA is a federation of 9 automobile clubs serving 5 million members through 148 offices across Canada. CAA provides a wide range of member services and works to improve travelling and motoring conditions at home and around the world, including national advocacy efforts on both traffic safety and public policy issues that affect Canadian motorists.

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