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In 2016, there were 23,139 collisions on Edmonton roadways resulting in:

  • 3,305 injuries
  • 22 fatalities (automobile 9, motorcycle 3, pedestrian 10)

Collisions result in higher insurance premiums, increased wait times for emergency services and medical care, higher taxes, legal costs, lost productivity and travel delays. If we consider the pain and suffering of victims and their families the cost of these preventable collisions are almost immeasurable. You can help make a difference.

Speeding

Speeding contributes to the number and severity of collisions. Higher speeds increase the likelihood and severity of crashes while lower speed limits improve safety for everyone; especially people walking and biking.

When we asked drivers about the top reason for speeding, the most common response was “Trying to keep up with traffic” (Traffic Safety Culture Survey).

When you drive within the speed limit, other drivers may match your speed.

Speeding Impacts Us All

Following Too Closely

In 2016, 39% of all motor-vehicle collisions in Edmonton were a result of drivers following too closely behind the vehicle in front of them. More than 8,900 collisions could have been avoided simply by leaving more space between vehicles.

When asked about their reasons for tailgating, the most common response was “Feeling frustrated that the vehicle ahead was not traveling as fast as I would like” (Traffic Safety Culture Survey).

Relax. Get there in one piece. Leave more space when the roads are wet, icy, or have gravel or sand on them.

Distracted Driving

Distraction accounts for 20-30% of motor vehicle collisions. Most drivers associate distracted driving with the use of cell phones and mobile devices. However, a distraction can refer to anything that takes your eyes off the road and or your mind away from driving. Make getting to your destination safely your priority.

Red Lights

No matter how slowly, rolling through a red light (or past a stop sign) is a traffic violation and puts pedestrians at risk. Come to a complete stop.

Pedestrian Safety

Look Out for Each Other! Pedestrian Safety Campaign

Pedestrian Safety Tips

Winter Driving

Safe Roads Begin With You - Winter Driving

Motor Vehicle Collisions

Collision Factsheets

For More Information

Email saferoads@edmonton.ca

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