Traffic Safety in Alberta
Intersection safety is the traffic safety focus for January
Important facts about intersection
In 2013, 80 people were killed
and 8,046 people were injured in collisions at intersections in
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
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
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:
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
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
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.
January 07, 2015