Alberta Traffic Safety Focus for April: Speed
The following was published by Traffic Safety Alberta. Every month they have a new focus, April's focus is on Speed, and the 2015 calendar can be found here: http://www.saferoads.com/pdf/TSP-Calendar-2015.pdf
May's focus is on Young Drivers and Distracted Driving, it can be found here: http://www.saferoads.com/index.html
Our traffic safety focus this month is on Speed.
Speeding doesn’t always kill. Brain injuries are one of the most common injuries that results from speed-related collisions. One in four fatal crashes involves a driver travelling at a speed unsafe for the prevailing road conditions.
· In the last 5 years, 467 people were killed and 12,036 were injured in collisions involving unsafe speed. (2009-2013);
· In 2013, 26.6 per cent of fatal collisions involved a driver travelling at an unsafe speed;
· Speeding can cause long-term consequences that may affect you and your family;
· When you slow down, you increase the safety for yourself and your passengers as well as other road users;
· Demerits for speeding range from two points (exceeding the posted limit by less than 15 km/h) to six points (exceeding the posted limit by more than 50 km/h);
· In the last 5 years, 39 per cent of fatal speed-related collisions occurred in urban areas, leaving 61 per cent in rural areas (2009-2013);
· Edmonton had 50 speed-related fatal collisions, Calgary had 47 and Fort McMurray had 13 (5 in town and 8 just outside town) (2009-2013).
I encourage all of our traffic safety partners to discuss this important issues this month, and have included some draft tweets to assist you.
- #Speeding increases the severity of a collision – listen to this: http://bit.ly/1fFudbT
- #abroads Leadfoot equals deadfoot! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylJqhW7CS_4 #abroads
- Think going 5 km/h over the limit doesn’t make a difference? Watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpZRxo3EWAc #abroads
- #Speeding doesn’t always kill – brain injuries are the most common injury in speed-related crashes #abroads #speeddoesntalwayskill
- Brain injuries are one of the most common injuries that results from speed-related collisions #abroads #speeddoesntalwayskill
- #Speeding makes you dangerous! http://bit.ly/1gDhXxp #abroads
- Speed limits save lives every day - maybe today it’s yours! Listen to this http://bit.ly/1fFudbT #abroads
For more information or tools, please visit the following sites:
- #Speeding increases the probability of injury or death if there is a crash http://bit.ly/1fuojKC #abroads