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Traffic Safety in Alberta 

A need for speed can have deadly consequences


Speed Facts

  • In 2014, a quarter of fatal collisions involved one or more drivers travelling at a speed too great for the given conditions as reported by enforcement agencies

  • Speeding doesn’t always kill. Brain injuries are a common injury that results from speed-related collisions

  • Speeding can cause long-term consequences that affect both you and your family

  • Speeding reduces the effectiveness of seatbelts and other safety devices such as air bags and side impact beams

  • Demerits for speeding range from two points (exceeding the posted limit by less than 15 km/h) to six points (exceeding the posted limit by more than 50 km/h)

  • Over a five year period, 451 people were killed and 11,753 were injured in collisions involving unsafe speed (2010-2014)

Driving a few km/h over the posted speed limit:

  • Decreases your field of vision and your peripheral vision

  • Extends the distance required to stop your vehicle

  • Increases the chances that you will lose control of your vehicle

  • Increases the chance of death or injury if there is a crash

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Last Updated March 31, 2016