Traffic Safety in Alberta
Young drivers and distracted driving are the traffic safety
focuses for May
One in five new drivers is
involved in a collision during their first two years of driving.
Young Driver Facts
Motor vehicle collisions are the
leading cause of death and injury among Alberta's youth;
More than one-half of casualty
collisions involving a young driver occurred from May to
In the last five years, 206
young drivers (between 14 - 24 years of age) were killed and
another 12,421 young drivers were injured in collisions (2009 –
Crash rates for young drivers
are highest when there are teen passengers in the vehicle;
Compared to other age groups,
drivers aged 22 - 24 had the highest distracted driving
conviction rate at 13.5 convictions per 1,000 licenced drivers
(April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014);
One-third of young drivers
killed in a collision were not wearing their seatbelt;
Approximately one-third of
casualty collisions involving a young driver (aged 14 - 24)
occurred during the afternoon rush hour period between 3:00 p.m.
- 6:59 p.m., another third of fatal collisions involving a young
driver occurred between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.
Males aged 18 - 21 are
consistently more likely to have consumed alcohol prior to a
casualty collision than any other age group (per 1,000 licensed
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Alberta's Graduated Driver Licensing Program.
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When you are in your
vehicle, your primary focus should be on driving. You cannot drive
safely when you’re distracted.
Distracted Driving Facts
Research indicates driver
distraction contributes to 20 to 30 per cent of all collisions;
Distracted drivers are three
times more likely to be involved in a collision than attentive
The fine for distracted driving
is $287 (as of May 1, 2015);
There were 25,913 convictions
for distracted driving in Alberta last year (April 1, 2013 to
March 31, 2014);
Since the legislation came into
effect there were 60,216 convictions for distracted driving in
Alberta (September 1, 2011 through March 31, 2014).
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May 01, 2015