April STEP – Speed
Our traffic safety
focus for the month of April is Speed.
Speeding is extremely dangerous, as it
increases the chance of a collision happening. The higher the speed, the more
severe that collision will be. Speeding doesn’t only endanger your own life but
the lives of everyone else on the road. Drivers should always follow the speed
limits and adjust their speed based on the weather and road conditions.
· In 2018, 71 people were killed
and 1,795 were injured in collisions involving at least one driver travelling
at an unsafe speed (ie. a speed too great for the given conditions).
· About 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.
· More than half of fatal collisions (56.9%) involving a driver travelling at an unsafe speed occurred in a rural area. ·According to the 2017 Driver Attitude Survey, most Albertan drivers driver 5-10 km over the speed limit at least sometimes.
Sgt. Gerald Sadlemyer
Medicine Hat Police Service