May 14, 2008 12:45 ET

Stay safe on the roads and at home this long weekend

Attention: Health/Medical Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor TORONTO, ON, MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - May 14, 2008) - The long weekend in May is one that many people look forward to, but for trauma units across the country, it is also the beginning of what is known as "trauma season", which extends from the Victoria Day weekend to Labour Day.

Statistics gathered over the years have shown experts at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre's Regional Trauma Centre in Toronto that an increase in motor vehicle traumas is likely for this weekend. Too often deadly collisions are caused by high speed and/or alcohol. Wearing a seatbelt, obeying the speed limit and avoiding the consumption of any alcohol continue to be key road safety messages for drivers and passengers.

It is equally important for people who are planning to stay home and work outside to be mindful of the risks involved. Falls from ladders and inappropriate use of tools, for example, can result in serious injuries.

Talk with Joanne Banfield, Manager of Trauma Injury Prevention at Sunnybrook, tomorrow, Thursday, May 15 for more information on what you can do to stay safe this weekend at home and on the road.

Media Contact:
Laura Bristow


Contact Information

  • Laura Bristow, Communications Advisor, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
    Primary Phone: 416-480-4040