Facts to Know:
- In 2014, 52 people were killed and 8,358 people were injured in collisions at intersections in Alberta.
- 95.6 per cent of collisions occurred at intersections in urban areas (2014).
- Some people think that driving in the city has more risk. Well, not necessarily — 61.7 per cent of fatal intersection-related collisions happened in rural intersections during 2014.
- In 2014, about 86 per cent of all collisions are attributable to driver error. In Alberta, three of the top five most frequent driver errors in casualty collisions were making a left turn across the path of an on-coming vehicle (12.2 per cent), committing a stop sign violation (8.3 per cent), and disobeying a traffic signal (6.9 per cent).
- Slush, snow or ice was involved in 18 per cent of fatal collisions and 23.9 per cent of non-fatal injury collisions. Visit 511 Alberta to find out the road conditions before you head out on the road.
Safety tips for drivers:
- 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.