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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 school buses.

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 cyclists.

  • 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 Street Safe Program.

Learn more about school bus regulations.

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.


Last Updated August 29, 2015