British Columbia promoting highway safety

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British Columbia’s federal, provincial and municipal governments, along with local communities and the trucking industry, are implementing a Truck Safe program to improve safety on the Canadian province’s roads.

According to WorkSafeBC, there were 116 fatalities and 533 serious injuries to truckers between 2000 and 2004, which resulted in more than 650,000 work days lost. The injuries and fatalities cost the industry more than $101 million in workers’ compensation.

“Improving the public’s understanding of the importance of the trucking industry to our economy and how to share the road with this industry will go a long way to reducing injuries and fatalities,” said Paul Landry, president and CEO of the British Columbia Trucking Association.