April 1, 2020 – STEP: Focus on SpeedThe selected traffic enforcement program for the month of April will focus on speed. With many Albertans wisely following health recommendations to stay at home as much as possible, there has been decreased traffic on Medicine Hat roadways. However there has also been a marked increase in the number of pedestrians observed in the community as individuals and families look for ways to safely enjoy time outdoors.
While it’s easy for drivers to fall into the temptation of speeding to save a few minutes off their drive, speeding can be extremely dangerous. Speeding increases the risk of a collision occurring and the greater the speed, the more severe that collision will be. When weather conditions are unfavourable, it’s even more important that drivers adjust their speed accordingly. Driving at a safe speed, whatever the conditions, will increase the safety of everyone on the road.
Some facts about speed:
• In 2016, 72 people were killed and 1,699 were injured in collisions involving at least one driver travelling at an unsafe speed.
• Nearly one in four fatal collisions involved one or more speeding drivers.
• Drivers aged 16—19 were more likely to have been speeding at the time of a collision than drivers in older age groups.
• Speeding may cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle. Drivers involved in casualty collisions who travelled at an unsafe speed were three times as likely to run off the road as drivers who were not speeding.
• Speeding increases the distance needed to safely stop a vehicle. For example, on a dry road, it takes an average vehicle travelling 40 km/h about 26 metres to stop and at 60 km/h, it would take about 45 metres.
This past weekend two vehicles were found to be travelling at excessively high rates of speed in the city posing a danger to everyone on the roadway. In one circumstance a vehicle was caught on camera, travelling at a rate of 127 km/hr in the 50 km zone on Trans Canada Way and in the second a vehicle was stopped by a member of the MHPS Traffic Unit travelling 117 km/hr in a 50km/hr zone. Both resulted in the issuance of a mandatory court appearance.
Let’s all do our part to enhance the safety of roadways in the community.
For more information contact:
Sgt. Gerald Sadlemyer
Medicine Hat Police Service