Traffic Safety in Alberta
Give Alberta kids a brake
Drivers play a key role in back-to-school safety. Be alert and extra
cautious in and around school zones and playgrounds as well as near
Young students should remember these safety tips:
If you can't see the driver, the
driver can't see you either.
Be alert at intersections and
always look for danger when crossing the street.
Arrive early at your bus stop
and stand back on the sidewalk until the bus stops.
Back to school facts
Nearly 50 per cent of the
drivers involved in collisions with school buses committed an
error. The most common error was following too closely.
On average each year, almost 250
children under 15 are killed or injured as pedestrians or
School buses in Alberta travel
an estimated 450,000 kilometres a day – that’s more than 10
times around the earth!
The penalty for failing to stop
for a school bus with its alternating flashing red lights
activated is $543 and six demerit points.
Over 70 per cent of casualty
collisions and nearly 90 per cent of property damage collisions
involving a school bus occurred in urban areas.
Read more information on the
Learn more about school bus
Read more information about
school bus safety.
Listen to the Road Rash radio spots.
On the road, distractions can be deadly
One in five new drivers is involved in a collision during their
first two years of driving.
Young Driver Facts
Over five years, 206 drivers
between the ages of 14 to 24 were killed and 12,421 were injured
in collisions. (2009-2013)
Although young drivers represent
14 per cent of the province's licensed drivers, they account for
more than 20 per cent of casualty collisions.
Fatal collisions involving a
young driver occurred most often in the month of September.
One-third of young drivers
killed in a collision were not wearing their seatbelt.
Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL)
is a program designed to improve road safety by creating a low
risk, controlled environment for new drivers, regardless of age.
The GDL program ensures that new drivers get the support, skills
and experience they need to handle the complex task of driving.
The fine for distracted driving
increased to $287 from $172 on May 1, 2015.
Learn more about
Alberta's Graduated Driver Licensing Program.
Still not convinced?
Watch this video.
August 29, 2015