Traffic Safety in Alberta
Slow down – it’s a no brainer
One in four fatal crashes involves a
driver travelling at an unsafe speed.
Facts to Know
Speeding doesn’t always kill.
Brain injuries are one of the most common injuries that results
from speed-related collisions;
Speeding can cause long-term
consequences that affect both you and your family;
Speeding reduces the
effectiveness of seatbelts and other safety devices such as air
bags and side impact beams;
Demerits for speeding range from
two points (exceeding the posted limit by less than 15 km/h) to
six points (exceeding the posted limit by more than 50 km/h);
In the last 5 years, 467 people
were killed and 12,036 were injured in collisions involving
unsafe speed (2009-2013);
In 2013, almost 27 per cent of
fatal collisions involved a driver travelling at an unsafe
Driving a few km/h over the posted speed limit:
Decreases your field of vision
and your peripheral vision;
Extends the distance required to
stop your vehicle;
Increases the chances that you
will lose control of your vehicle;
Increases the chance of death or
injury if there is a crash.
PSA and Dead Stop video.
Listen to the Behind the Wheel Radio spot.
March 31, 2015