Canadian automotive association calls on PM to ensure safety of cars at all times
LONDON — Canadian automotive group the Canadian Automobile Association (CAAs) called Tuesday for the safety of Canadians in cars, trains and planes at all costs.
In a letter sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the CAAs said it is concerned about the impact of a lack of awareness on the part of the public about the risks of flying or driving while intoxicated.
The CAAs noted that the risk of injury and death in flying or operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated is estimated at 1 in 5,000, which is much higher than the risk associated with driving.
CAAs president John McVerry said the CAAS also has a duty to protect the health and safety of its members, particularly in light of recent high-profile crashes involving intoxicated people.
The most recent crash was in September of this year, when a woman was killed and several others injured when her car veered off the road.
McVerry also said the association has been trying to educate the public on the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol, especially when the CAas’ members fly.
“The CAAS has a clear duty to act in the best interests of our members and the public in order to protect our members, and it is our goal to have the government take immediate action to protect Canadians in all aspects of their lives, including when driving,” McVary said.