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Statistics Canada has just released its compilation of road safety and crash data for 2005.

Although road fatalities still represent over 90 per cent of all transportation-related fatalities, Canada’s road safety record has steadily improved. Since 1982, road traffic deaths have declined by almost 30 per cent.

The statistics, collected by Transport Canada in co-operation with the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, show that in 2005, there were 2,578 fatal collisions leading to 2,923 deaths. Motor vehicle occupants accounted for 76.6 per cent of all road user fatalities, with 1,557 drivers and 683 passengers killed. In addition, 344 pedestrians, 234 motorcyclists and 52 bicyclists were killed on the road in 2005.

From 2004 to 2005, there was an increase of about seven per cent in the number of fatalities on Canadian roads.

There are over 21.9 million licenced drivers in Canada.

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