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Traffic Safety in Alberta 

Intersection safety is the traffic safety focus for January

Important facts about intersection safety:

  • In 2013, 80 people were killed and 8,046 people were injured in collisions at intersections in Alberta;

  • 95.8 per cent of collisions occurring at intersections are in urban areas, and 54.8 per cent of fatal intersection related collisions occur in rural areas;

  • Some people think that driving in the city has more risk. Well, not necessarily - 55 per cent of last year’s fatal intersection related collisions happened in rural intersections;

  • In 2013, about 87 per cent of all collisions are attributable to driver error. In Alberta, three of the top five most frequent driver errors in casualty collisions were making a left turn across the path of an on-coming vehicle (12.9 per cent), committing a stop sign violation (7.8 per cent), and disobeying a traffic signal (7.2 per cent);

  • Slush, snow or ice was involved in 16.6 per cent of fatal collisions and 27.3 per cent of non-fatal injury collisions. Visit 511 Alberta to find out the road conditions before you head out on the road.

Safety tips for drivers:
Do Not:

  • Run red lights;

  • Roll through a stop sign;

  • Speed through intersections;

  • Follow too closely;

  • Make unsafe left-hand turns;

  • Rely on having the right of way.

Safety tips for pedestrians:

  • Be alert at intersections. Always look out for possible dangers when crossing the street;

  • Make eye contact with drivers before you cross the street – when eyes lock, it’s safer to walk;

  • Abide by traffic signs and signals. They are in place to protect your safety.

Listen to the Road Rash radio spots.

Visit the Capital Region Intersection Safety Partnership website to get more information on intersection safety.

Listen to the intersection safety radio spot.

Last Updated January 07, 2015