Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)

Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)

May 11, 2011 12:30 ET

CAA Pledges Support for International Decade of Action for Road Safety

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 11, 2011) - The Canadian Automobile Association announced today that it is joining the Decade of Action for Road Safety, a movement to drive down the number of road deaths and injuries worldwide.

May 11 has been designated the kickoff date for the 2011-2020 Decade of Action, which grew out of a declaration unanimously approved by the United Nations. Major motoring associations such as the American Automobile Association (AAA), the Fédération Internationale de l'automobile (FIA), and CAA are pledged to support the Decade of Action for Road Safety.

"CAA has been advocating for greater road safety for more than a century and this work will continue," said Tim Shearman, CAA president. "The Decade allows us to combine forces with our international colleagues to bring even greater focus to this issue that is literally of life-and-death importance."

A Canadian is killed on our roads about once every four hours, while around the world someone is killed or injured every six seconds. Meanwhile, a recent CAA poll found 42 per cent of 4,000 respondents feel less safe on Canadian roads than they did five years ago, while fully 60 per cent feel drivers are worse today than in the past.

"There is clearly a lot more work to be done, both here in Canada and around the world," Shearman said. "The aim of the Decade, to reduce road fatalities and injuries, is one we can all get behind."

CAA initiatives on road safety include frequent bulletins to members and the public about road safety issues, information on safe driving techniques available on club websites, CAA School Safety Patrol in many jurisdictions, and support for mandatory electronic stability control, texting while driving laws, improved infrastructure and other provincial and federal government programs.

More information on the international Decade of Action for Road Safety is available at http://www.who.int/roadsafety/decade_of_action/en/index.html.

About the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)

Inspired by the evolving interests of over 5 million CAA Members, we help provide peace of mind to our Members through 9 automobile Clubs and 140 offices located across the country. CAA membership provides access to an ever-expanding range of innovative and reliable products and services; exceptional Roadside Assistance, Automotive and Travel Services, Member Savings, and comprehensive Insurance services. CAA also advocates on Member issues of concern, including road safety, the environment, mobility, and infrastructure.

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