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Since 1984, fatalities resulting from traffic collisions have decreased by 33% and serious injuries have declined by 35%. These positive changes have come about despite substantial increases in the population (26%), in the number of licensed drivers (34%) and in the number of motor vehicles registered (26%). The death toll for 2001 (the most recent year for which numbers are available) was the lowest in almost 50 years.
The overall national target of Road Safety Vision 2010 calls for a 30% decrease in the average number of road users killed or seriously injured during the 2008-2010 period compared with 1996-2001 average figures.
During the nine-year period immediately prior to the adoption of Road Safety Vision 2010 and its targets, fatalities and serious injuries decreased by approximately 23% and 29%, respectively. These recent road safety improvements are a clear indication that the targets of Road Safety Vision 2010 are achievable.
The motor vehicle manufacturing industry is voluntarily improving vehicle crash avoidance capabilities and occupant protection through the enhancement of existing technologies and the introduction of innovative new technologies. Notable advancements include restraint systems with load limiting seat belts, automatic collision notification systems, airbag systems with occupant size discrimination controls, tire inflation monitors, night vision and adaptive cruise control systems. (see more on) http://www.ccmta.ca/english/pdf/rsv_report_02_e.pdf
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