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Traffic Safety in Alberta 

When eyes lock it’s safer to walk

Both drivers and pedestrians are responsible for safety.
Pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks, but also have the responsibility to cross safely.

Pedestrian Safety Facts:

  • Between 2010 – 2014, on average 43 pedestrians were killed and more than 1,170 were injured each year.

  • The majority of pedestrian casualty collisions (95.8 per cent) occurred in urban areas (2014).

  • In 2014, 47.9 per cent of the drivers involved in pedestrian casualty collisions failed to yield the right of way to the pedestrian.

  • In 2014, the casualty rates per 10,000 populations were highest for pedestrians between the ages of 15 to 19. However, 78 per cent of pedestrians killed were 25 and older.

  • On average each year between 2010 and 2014, 17 pedestrians involved in fatal collisions and 119 involved in injury collisions had consumed alcohol prior to the collision.


  • When approaching an intersection or crosswalk be alert for pedestrians.

  • Watch for vehicles stopped or slowing in the lane next to yours. They may be yielding to a pedestrian.

  • Failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk carries a fine of $776 plus four demerit points.

  • Stay alert and slow down on residential streets, and through school and playground zones.


  • Be alert at intersections and always look out for danger when crossing the street.

  • Make eye contact with drivers before you cross the street.

  • Be seen! Wear brightly coloured or reflective clothing especially when walking in low light or poor weather conditions.

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

  • If you are impaired, seek assistance and alternative transportation.

Watch the Asphalt Jungle video.

Listen to the Behind the Wheel radio spot.

View the Pedestrian Safety DVD.

Last Updated October 28, 2015