Traffic Safety

Published: January 02, 2018

The Office Of Traffic Safety focuses on a specific section of traffic safety every month. For the month of January the focus is Intersection Safety.   
 
Although they seem like an easy-to-navigate, routine part of driving, don’t be fooled—intersections are dangerous. 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).
 
The Facts:
Ø  On average, 64 people are killed and 8,044 are injured each year in collisions at intersections in Alberta.
Ø  95.6 per cent of intersection-related collisions occurred at intersections in urban areas (2011-2015).
Ø  Some people think that driving in the city has more risk. Not necessarily — over half (53.7 per cent) of fatal intersection-related collisions happened in rural intersections during 2011-2015.
Ø  About 86 per cent of all collisions are attributable to driver error.
Ø  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).
 
This month we are focusing our education efforts on intersection safety through an online bulletin and tweets from @ABTransComm.
                
For more information or tools, please visit the following sites:  
 
·         Saferoads
·         Alberta Transportation  
·         Collision Statistics
·         511.alberta.ca for up–to-date road information including traffic delays and construction.
 
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