Selective Traffic Enforcement

Our traffic safety focus for the month of February is Distracted Driving.

As soon as a driver gets behind the wheel, driving should be the top thing on their mind. When a driver is distracted, focus is taken off the road and the consequences to traffic safety can be serious. Drivers in Alberta are encouraged to keep their eyes and their mind on the road.
Distracted Driving Facts:
· Research shows that distracted driving plays a role in 20 to 30 per cent of all collisions.
· Distracted drivers are three times more likely to be involved in collisions than attentive drivers.
· Some studies have shown that texting impairs driving more than alcohol or drugs.
· Between September 1, 2011, when distracted driving legislation was introduced, and March 31, 2019, there were 186,564 convictions.
· 97 per cent of these convictions were for using a hand-held communication or electronic device while driving.
· During the 2018-19 fiscal year, male drivers accounted for nearly two-thirds of all convictions.
· Overall, male drivers, aged 25 to 44 years, have the highest conviction rates.
· Drivers can stay alert and attentive by following a few tips: putting their phones away, keeping both hands on the wheel, planning ahead any use of GPS units or audio systems, and pulling over if needed.

Our traffic safety focus for the month of January is Intersection Safety.

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.
Intersection Safety Facts:
• On average, 65 people are killed and 8,024 are injured each year 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% of collisions involve a driver error. Three of the top five driver errors identified in casualty collisions occur in intersections: 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 this winter.

This month we are focusing our education efforts on intersection safety through tweets from @ABTransComm.
For more information or tools visit:
Alberta Transportation
Collision Statistics

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