Facts to Know:

  • On average, 64 people were killed and 8,044 people are injured each year in collisions at intersections in Alberta.
  • 95.6 per cent of intersection-related collisions occurred at intersections in urban areas (2011-2015).
  • Some people think that driving in the city has more risk. Well, not necessarily — over half (53.7 per cent) of fatal intersection-related collisions happened in rural intersections during 2011-2015.
  • About 86 per cent of all collisions are attributable to driver error. In Alberta, three of the top five most frequently identified improper driver actions for drivers in casualty collisions were intersection-related: making a left turn across the path of an on-coming vehicle, committing a stop sign violation, and disobeying a traffic signal (2015).
  • Slush, snow or ice was involved in 10.8 per cent of fatal collisions and 19.6 per cent of non-fatal injury collisions (2015). Visit 511 Alberta to find out the road conditions before you head out on the road.

Safety tips for drivers:

Do not:

  • 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 way

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 walk.
  • Abide by traffic signs and signals. They are in place to protect your safety.

Visit the Capital Region Intersection Safety Partnership website to get more information on intersection safety.