TRANSPORTATION SAFETY IS THE PROTECTION OF LIFE AND PROPERTY THROUGH MANAGEMENT AND REGULATION
According to SGI, Saskatchewan averages nearly 140 road fatalities per year. Due to a multitude of factors, transportation-related injuries remain a major public health issue across Canada.
The Transportation Committee, working as part of the Safe & Healthy Communities organization, provides education, resources and programs to help ensure traffic and recreational vehicle accidents do not negatively impact our community. The vast majority of transportation accidents are preventable. Through education and awareness, we can stop road and traffic injuries before they occur.
The Transportation Committee works with the Town of Assiniboia to address community concerns regarding road and traffic safety.
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TRANSPORTATION SAFETY COMMITTEE
Committee purpose: "To promote health by educating both adults and children with regard to safe and preventative transportation practices."
Transportation safety in Assiniboia & area is a concern that impacts us all. Through advocacy and education, the Transportation Safety Committee works with community members to address concerns and implement beneficial interventions. The committee is looking for additional volunteers to help this important cause. Whether a professional from a traffic/road safety field, a concerned parent, or a passionate community member, we would love to have you involved on our committee. For more information on joining the Transportation Safety Committee, contact the Committee Chair, Jill Zahariuk, at email@example.com
Working towards transportation safety requires a joint effort from a range of sectors such as infrastructure development, vehicle manufacturing, law enforcement, driver training, policy development, municipal planning, etc. At a local level, we can work together to identify and correct road safety concerns before injuries occur, increase awareness among vehicle operators to reduce risky behaviour and provide education to pedestrians to increase safe practices.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified five primary risk factors that lead to transportation injuries and fatalities "speed, driving under the influence of alcohol, inadequate use of helmets, seat belts, and child restraints." Research shows, with adequate resources and support, public interventions can reduce these risks and prevent injuries (Lawrence Gostin, JD) To address these risk factors and assist communities looking to improve transportation safety, WHO has also developed a series of suggested interventions as part of their 'World Report on Traffic Injury Prevention.'
For more information on the latest research into transportation risks and interventions, as well as access to free educational resources visit the website for the Traffic Injury Research Foundation. Known as TIRF, the organization is 'the Canadian source for international research related to the human causes and effects of road crashes, providing objective and scientific information to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of road safety programs, effective advocacy, and consultation.'