Fewer traffic collisions; fatalities reduced 25 per cent since 2007

There were fewer traffic collisions and injuries on Alberta’s roads last year, according to Alberta’s 2012 traffic collision statistics.

  • Jan. 9, 2014 8:00 a.m.

There were fewer traffic collisions and injuries on Alberta’s roads last year, according to Alberta’s 2012 traffic collision statistics.

Compared to 2007, when Alberta’s Traffic Safety Plan was introduced, fatalities have declined by nearly 25 per cent from 458 fatalities in 2007 to 345 in 2012.

When compared to other provinces, Alberta’s fatality rate is lower than most. In 2010, the most recent year for which these statistics are available, Alberta had the third lowest fatality rate in Canada compared to the sixth highest rate in 2007.

“With the growing number of drivers and vehicles in our province, improving the safety of our roads is a challenge. These statistics illustrate the importance of our traffic safety efforts and the need to continue this work with our partners, but we need the help of Alberta drivers to help everyone get home safe,” said Ric McIver, Minister of Transportation.

Traffic collision statistics – 2012

Number of collisions dropped by 2,584 or 1.9 per cent

Number of injuries decreased by 364 or 2 per cent

Number of fatalities increased by 32 or 10.2 per cent

Drivers, vehicles and traffic volumes – 2012

Number of drivers climbed by 62,412 or 2.2 per cent

Number of vehicles grew by 127,392 or 4 per cent

Traffic volumes on the numbered highway network rose by 6.41 per cent

Since 2007, our government has been working with its traffic safety partners to implement the province’s first Traffic Safety Plan, said McIver. This critical work is now continuing under Alberta’s Traffic Safety Plan 2015, which builds upon the success of the province’s first plan and its partnership approach to making our roads safer. It is another way in which our government is building Alberta, ensuring our province has the roads needed and those roads are safe for Albertans.

Our government was elected to keep building Alberta, to live within its means and to fight to open new markets for Alberta’s resources. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for, the minister indicated in a news release.

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