An Update on the Progress of Road Safety Vision 2010
Table of Contents
- Road safety within the transportation safety framework
- Background, strategic objectives & targets of Road Safety Vision (RSV) 2010
- RSV 2010 target updates
- RSV 2010 progress
- Canada’s international road safety performance
THE Transportation Safety Issue: 94% of all fatalities (2009) occurred on the road
Background / Context
Road Safety Vision 2001
- In 1996, a plan was adopted by the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) and endorsed by the Ministers of Transportation and Highway Safety.
- Implemented to address leveling off of annual reductions in fatalities and injuriesand to re-energize stakeholders to utilize collaborative approaches
Road Safety Plan 2010
- In 2001, Road Safety Vision 2001 was revised and renewed for a 9 year period.
- RSV 2010 contains a strategic direction for road safety, including: a vision, strategic objectives and targets for reductions in fatalities and serious injuries.
- Our Vision: Safest roads in the world
- To raise public awareness of road safety issues
- To improve communication, cooperation and collaboration among road safety agencies
- To enhance enforcement measures
- To improve national road safety data collection and quality
- The targets include a National Target and a series of sub-targets.
- National target: 30% decrease in the average number of road users killed or seriously injured during the 2008-2010 period over comparable 1996-2001 figures
- For Canada, it means fewer than 2,100 fatalities and less than 11,600 serious injuries annually
RSV 2010 Sub-Targets
- Seat belt and proper child restraint use (95%)
Decrease fatalities and serious injuries involving:
- Unbelted occupants (40%)
- Drinking Drivers (40%)
- Rural roadways (40%)
- Vulnerable Road Users (30%)
- Speed and intersections (20%)
- Commercial vehicles (20%)
- Young drivers/riders (20%)
RSV 2010 Target Updates
Seat Belt Use Among Light Duty Vehicle Occupants – Canada –2002-2003-2009-2010
During 2009, approximately 35% of fatally injured occupants and 16% of those seriously injured were unbelted at the time of collision.
- 28% fewer deaths & 50% fewer serious injuries.
Drinking and Driving
Crashes involving drinking drivers accounted for about 34% of all road users killed on public roadways.
- 18% reduction in the number road users killed involving drinking drivers.
Rural Road Safety
50% of all road user fatalities and 27% of serious injuries occurred on undivided roads with posted speed limits of 80 km/h or higher.
Fatalities and serious injuries have followed a steady downward trend for the past four years.
Vulnerable Road Users
One in four fatally or seriously injured victims was a vulnerable road user (pedestrian, motorcyclist or cyclist).
- Pedestrian and cyclist casualty situation improving
- Motorcyclist casualty situation stabilizing
Speed & Intersection Safety
Nationally, 28% of fatalities and 40% of serious injuries occurred at intersections and 25% of fatalities and 19% of serious injuries involved excess or inappropriate speed.
Deaths and serious injuries that occurred at intersections or that involved excess speed are decreasing.
In Canada, 20% of fatalities and 9% of serious injuries involve crashes with heavy commercial vehicles (> 4,536 kg).
- Substantial decrease in number of serious casualties in commercial vehicle related crashes during past two years
- Deaths per billion vkm travelled decreasing
Young drivers (16-19 years) are over-represented as serious crash victims.
- Prevalence of high-risk behaviours
- The number of fatally and seriously injured young drivers decreased substantially during 2008-2009
RSV 2010 Progress
- Engagement, awareness, collaboration of provincial/territorial government stakeholders
- 3-year action plans focusing on drinking driving, non-use of seat belts and speeding/aggressive driving
- Adoption of jurisdictional road safety action plans (e.g. Alberta)
- Buy–in to RSV and engagement by police services
- Adoption of elements of RSV into business plans
- Focused enforcement and public education
- Active engagement/buy-in to the development of the successor strategy
- Growing awareness of road safety issues among decision makers and willingness to consider tougher measures (e.g. random breath testing)
2009 & 2007-2009 Progress
Overall National Target
- 2009: -25.4%
- 2007-2009: -16.8%
- 2009: -27.4%
- 2007-2009: -21.3%
Progress Toward the RSV 2010 Fatality Reduction Sub-Targets –2007-2009 Ave. vs. 1996-2001 baseline
Progress Toward the RSV 2010 Serious Injury Reduction Sub-Targets –2007-2009 Ave. vs. 1996-2001 baseline
Canada - Contextual Information: 2007-2009
- Progress should be assessed in conjunction with the changes in the mobility of the Canadian public.
- Growth Indicators (2007-09 vs. baseline):
- Motor Vehicles Registered: 18.7%;
- Licenced Drivers: 11.8%;
- Population: 11.0%
- Vehicle kilometres travelled: 8.3%
Canada - Fatalities versus Traffic & Gross Domestic Product 2002 - 2009
Fatalities - 2008-2009 versus 2007
- 2008-2009 average reduction: 16.2%
- Non-use of occupant restraints: -14.4%
- Alcohol use: -4.0%
- Rural roads: -17.7%
- Vulnerable road users: -19.8%
- Commercial vehicles: -18% (vkm: -5.6% )
- Young drivers:(16-19 yrs.): -23.2%; (vkm: -13%)
- Speed: -25.6%
- Intersections: -16%
Serious injuries - 2008-2009 versus 2007
- 2008-2009 average reduction: 21.3%
- Non-use of occupant restraints: -25.6%
- Alcohol use: -2.0%
- Rural roads: -19%
- Vulnerable road users: -10.9%
- Commercial vehicles: -18.5%
- Young drivers:(16-19 yrs.): -17.7%
- Speed: -20.8%
- Intersections: -12.2%
Improvement in Canada’s Level of Road Safety Through Two National Road Safety Plans Traffic Fatalities 1996-2010
Canada’s Serious Injury Trend to 2009 vs. RSV 2010 Serious Injury Target
Canada's 2009 Road Safety Ranking Among OECD Member Countries
- The latest information indicates that Canada has made considerable progress towards achieving the RSV 2010 targets.
- Final assessment of improved level of road safety in Canada resulting from RSV 2010 initiative will be made when 2010 crash data become available.
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