The traffic safety focus for the month of January is Intersection Safety.
Intersections are high-risk locations and about one-quarter of collisions in Alberta are intersection-related. Road users should exercise an abundance of caution while navigating intersections, especially in the winter months when road conditions can be unfavourable. Whether you're proceeding straight through an intersection or making left or right turns, drive at an appropriate speed and always keep an eye out for other drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.
Intersection safety facts:
On average, 66 people are killed and over 8,000 are injured each year in collisions at intersections in Alberta (2013—2017).
About 96% of intersection collisions occurred in urban areas from 2013-2017. However, over half (about 53%) of fatal intersection collisions occurred in rural intersections.
The vast majority (about 84%) of all collisions in Alberta involve driver error. Three of the top five most common driver errors in casualty collisions (ie. fatal and injury collisions) occur at intersections: improper left turns, committing a stop sign violation, and disobeying a traffic signal.
Slush, snow, or ice was involved in about 17% of fatal collisions and 24% of injury collisions in 2017. This makes it especially important to slow down and be careful approaching and crossing intersections this winter.
In Alberta, failing to stop at a stop sign can result in a $405 fine and three demerits. At a stop sign, drivers must come to a complete stop before proceeding safely through the intersection. This gives drivers the opportunity to look for oncoming traffic, pedestrians, or cyclists.