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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 October;

  • 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 – 2013);

  • 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 drivers).

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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 drivers;

  • 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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Last Updated May 01, 2015