Intersections are high-risk locations because drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists converge in intersections and need to safely cross each others’ paths. Aggressive behaviours like speeding, running red lights, or entering the intersection without properly looking can result in collisions, injury, and death.

Facts to Know:

  • On average, 65 people were killed and 8,024 people are injured each year in collisions at intersections in Alberta.
  • About 96% of intersection collisions occurred in urban areas from 2012-2016. However, over half (about 53%) of fatal intersection collisions during the same time occurred in rural intersections.
  • Over 85% all collisions involve a driver error. Three of the top five driver errors identified in casualty collisions occur at intersections: improper left turns, stop sign violations, and disobeying a traffic signal.
  • Slush, snow, or ice was involved in about 14% of fatal collisions and 16% of injury collisions in 2016. This makes it especially important to slow down and be careful approaching and crossing intersections in the winter.

Safety tips for drivers:

  • Visit 511.alberta.ca for up-to-date road information
  • Do not run red lights
  • Come to a complete stop at stop signs
  • Leave a bit more time before crossing an intersection to make sure all other vehicles have been able to safely stop.
  • Do not follow too closely when approaching an intersection - if the vehicle in front of you stops suddenly, you may not be able to stop in time if the road is snowy, slushy, or icy.
  • Make sure you have enough time to safely make all left turns.

Safety tips for pedestrians:

  • Be alert at intersections. Remember vehicles may slide if the road is icy, slushy, or snowy and make sure they have come to a complete stop before entering the crosswalk.
  • 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.

For more information and safety tips, visit https://saferoads.com/drivers/safety-issues/intersections.