Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)

Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)

November 23, 2011 06:30 ET

Roads Not Getting Safer, Canadians Tell CAA

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 23, 2011) - Nine out of 10 Canadians feel no safer on the roads today than they did five years ago, according to a poll conducted for the Canadian Automobile Association.

The poll found that 45 per cent of Canadians feel less safe when they get behind the wheel than they did five years ago, while another 43 per cent said they feel neither more nor less safe. Only 9 per cent feel safer.

"Canadians are clearly not feeling safer when they drive, despite advances in in-vehicle safety technology," said Jeff Walker, CAA vice-president of public affairs.

The poll points to driver behaviour as a major contributor to this finding – 70 per cent said they believe Canadians don't drive as safely as they used to.

The poll also asked Canadians to rank their biggest road safety concerns, and for the second year in a row texting while driving came first (83 per cent). It is followed, in order, by people driving after drinking alcohol (82%), driving aggressively (63%), talking on cell phones (62%), driving when they're too sleepy (58%), and driving well over the speed limit (52%).

"Public education and enforcement of the law are the keys to making all of us safer on the roads," Walker said. "That's why we support the National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims, which is today."

As part of its effort to encourage dialogue about the issue of texting while driving, particularly among youth, CAA is running a Practise Safe Txt Video Contest. CAA will also be hosting an international conference on distracted driving in Toronto on March 1st, 2012. To find out more about both of these initiatives, visit

For more on the National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims, visit Examples of recent improvements in in-vehicle technology include Electronic Stability Control, introduced some years ago and made mandatory in all vehicles as of Sept. 1, 2011.

The CAA poll of 5,076 Canadians is considered accurate to within 1.38 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

CAA is a federation of nine clubs providing more than 5.6 million Members with exceptional emergency roadside service, complete automotive and travel services, member savings and comprehensive insurance services. CAA also advocates on issues of concern to its members, including road safety, the environment, mobility, infrastructure and consumer protection.

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