Slowing down gives you more time to react to the unexpected and can help avoid collisions. While speed doesn’t always cause crashes, it always determines the severity of a crash. Even a small difference in speed can mean the difference between life and death, especially for pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists. In 2018, there were more than 24,000 collisions in Edmonton, nearly 1,000 more than in 2017. However, the number of people injured dropped, from more than 3,800 in 2017 to 2,600 in 2018. Fatalities also decreased, from 27 in 2017 to 19 in 2018 (see Motor Vehicle Collisions for more information).
These decreases do not lessen the hardships endured by the people impacted by each collision that results in serious injury and death. However, these rates are trending down along with the number of speeding tickets issued in the same time period. The number of tickets issued fell from 522,780 in 2016 when Vision Zero was initiated to 378,619, with decreases in all ranges of exceeded speed limits (from 10 km/h over the speed limit to 50+ km/h.)
This suggests more people are paying attention to their speeds thanks to speed management and enforcement efforts, and preventing more serious collisions from happening. There is still much to be done but these programs are helping us all move closer to the Vision Zero goal of zero traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries.