For the second consecutive year, traffic fatalities and injuries have declined in Alberta.In spite of increases in population, drivers and vehicles, traffic fatalities decreased 14 per cent from 2008 to 2009, and traffic injuries also dropped 13 per cent.
“I am pleased with the direction of these latest statistics,” said Luke Ouellette, Minister of Transportation. “This is about all of us—every Albertan—and the role we play in making our roads safer. I believe the Traffic Safety Plan and the great work of all our safety partnersare making a difference. While these reductions indicate that we’re making progress, we have to be vigilant—we can always do better.”
Driver error continues to be a contributing factor in 90 per cent of traffic collisions. Following too closely, running off the road and making a left turn across the path of an oncoming vehicle were the most frequently identified improper driver actions contributing to casualty collisions. Also, 21 per cent of drivers involved in fatal crashes had consumed alcohol prior to the collision.
“The increased presence of enforcement and the integration of the Alberta Sheriff Highway Patrol and the RCMP have definitely had an effect on driving behaviours on Alberta highways,”said Frank Oberle, Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security. “Law enforcement’s visibility on our roads serves as a constant reminder to aggressive drivers and speeders that high-risk driving will not be tolerated.”