Nova Scotia has one of the safest driving records in the countryaccording to national traffic collision statistics. The province has the third lowest rate of injuries, and thefourth lowest rate of fatalities compared to other provincial andterritorial roads. The data is reported in the 2002 CanadianMotor Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics publication. “Our road safety record is improving, but collision rates arestill too high,” said Transportation and Public Works MinisterRon Russell. “We will work to reduce these rates even more overthe coming years.” Nova Scotia is working with police, industry, and otherorganizations to reach benchmarks set by Road Safety Vision 2010,a national plan that aims to reduce the number of road userskilled and seriously injured by 2010. The province’s Road SafetyAdvisory Committee assists government in developing road safetypriorities and programs. In 2002, Nova Scotia had 912.4 injuries and 13.5 fatalities per100,000 licensed drivers. The rates in Canada are 1076.3 and 13.9respectively. The 2002 Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic CollisionStatistics also show that Nova Scotia had the third lowest rateon the basis of traffic deaths per billion vehicle kilometrestravelled. Deaths and hospitalizations due to motor vehicle collisions havenoticeably declined across Canada in recent decades. For example,since 1982 the road traffic death rate has declined by almost 50per cent in Canada, and almost 60 per cent in Nova Scotia. Thisdecrease has occurred despite increasing numbers of vehicles andlicensed drivers on our roads. More information on the 2002 Canadian Motor Vehicle TrafficCollision Statistics can be found on the website atwww.tc.gc.ca/roadsafety/tp/tp3322/2002/menu.htm .