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.
Following Too Closely
In 2017, 37% 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.
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.
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.
Besides being an offence to operate a motor vehicle if one’s ability to drive is impaired by alcohol and/or drugs, impairment also increases the risk of injuring or killing someone.
The sad truth is the majority of vehicle/pedestrian collisions happen at intersections and in crosswalks. Both drivers and pedestrians need to watch for each other.