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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 speed.

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.

Watch the speed PSA and Dead Stop video.

Listen to the Behind the Wheel Radio spot.

Last Updated April 23, 2015