Manitoba Public Insurance supports World Health Day 2004

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Road safety this year’s theme

With road safety being the theme for World Health Day 2004, Manitoba Public Insurance is reminding all Manitobans many collisions can be avoided with care and caution.

World Health Day is celebrated annually on the 7th of April. On this day around the globe, hundreds of organizations will host events to help raise awareness about road traffic injuries, their grave consequences and enormous costs to society. Tragically, about 140 Manitobans are killed each year on provincial roadways.

“For over three decades Manitoba Public Insurance has been committed to pursuing road safety initiatives which help protect Manitobans from the human and economic costs of automobile accidents,” said Jack Zacharias, President and CEO of Manitoba Public Insurance.

“This year’s World Health Day places the spotlight squarely on road safety and how everyone can make a difference.”

Manitoba Public Insurance’s commitment to road safety begins at the grass roots level with its Driver Education program. Last year more than 12,000 students in 130 schools were provided with in-car and classroom sessions dealing with proper operation of an automobile.

In 2002, Manitoba became the first jurisdiction in Canada to offer curriculum-based in-class road safety education with Manitoba Public Insurance’s Wrecked kit, which is an anti-impaired driving educational package that targets Grades 9 to 12. Resource material was developed by Manitoba Public Insurance, in partnership with the provincial Department of Education.

Manitobans can link to http://mpi.mb.ca/english/english.html to learn more about Manitoba Public Insurance’s many proactive road safety programs.