Traffic carnage reduced

Accidents in Calgary and Alberta are down

Traffic accidents and casualties in Alberta have been decreasing for a decade despite a significant increase in the population of people and vehicles.

Statistics recently released by the Alberta government and the City of Calgary reveal traffic safety is improving. Between 2007 the year the provincial government initiated its Traffic Safety Plan and 2012 collisions dropped 1.9 per cent. Over the same period 127392 vehicles were added to our roadways and the number of drivers increased by 2.2 per cent.

Traffic fatalities also decreased 25 per cent giving Alberta the third lowest traffic fatality rate among Canadian provinces.

Meanwhile Calgary’s Traffic Safety Team reported to council earlier this month that except for a surge in 2007 traffic accidents and associated injuries and deaths have been decreasing since at least 2002. Calgary currently sees an average of 94 traffic accidents per day with six and a half of them resulting in injury. Roughly 0.092 per cent or 22 accidents per year were fatal.

Calgary’s Safer Mobility Plan was established in July 2013 and will run at least until 2017. It was motivated by a motion from Ald. Gael MacLeod to investigate traffic accidents that involve pedestrians and pinpoint contributing factors. MacLeod’s motion was partially a response to the February death of Wong Shuk Yee when she was struck by two cars while crossing a street in MacLeod’s ward.