It’s easy for drivers to fall into the temptation of speeding to save a few minutes off their drive. However, speeding can be extremely dangerous. Speeding increases the risk of a collision occurring and the greater the speed, the more severe that collision will be. When weather conditions are unfavourable, it’s even more important that drivers adjust their speed accordingly. Driving at a safe speed, whatever the conditions, will increase the safety of everyone on the road.
Get up to speed about speed:
- In 2017, 75 people were killed and 1,674 were injured in collisions involving at least one driver travelling at an unsafe speed.
- About one in four fatal collisions involved one or more speeding drivers.
- Drivers aged 16—19 were more likely to have been speeding at the time of a collision than drivers in older age groups.
- Speeding may cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle. Drivers involved in casualty collisions who travelled at an unsafe speed were three times as likely to run off the road as drivers who were not speeding.
- Speeding increases the distance needed to safely stop a vehicle. For example, on a dry road, it takes an average vehicle travelling 40 km/h about 26 metres to stop and at 60 km/h, it would take about 45 metres.
- More than half of fatal collisions (57.6%) involving a driver travelling at an unsafe speed occurred in a rural area.
- According to the 2017 Driver Attitude Survey, most Albertan drivers driver 5-10 km over the speed limit at least sometimes.