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May 15 - 21 is National Road Safety Week in Canada, and it's a great time to reflect as a community on road safety, especially in high-traffic areas for children. The national campaign is aimed at raising awareness and education across Canada on the importance of safe driving, and this year's campaign puts a focus on reduced speeding.

 

Tony Churchill, Leader of Traffic Safety at Roads, says speeding, even a little, can greatly reduce safety for you, your passengers, and others outside your vehicle.

“Some drivers believe it’s okay to speed a little – that as long as they aren’t speeding more than 5-10 km/h over the limit, they will be safe,” says Churchill. “But the data shows this is not true. Driving just 10 km/h over the limit can impact your reaction time and increase the risk of collision as much as driving impaired by alcohol at the legal limit.” [City of Calgary]

 

Here are some safety tips for both motorists and pedestrians:

 

  • It is the law to stop for all pedestrians at crosswalks
  • Ensure your windshield and headlights are clean for visibility
  • It's the law not to pass vehicles at crosswalks
  • Don't park within five metres of a marked crosswalk or intersection 
  • Never pass vehicles at a crosswalk
  • As a pedestrian, never jaywalk between intersections or go against the walking signals
  • Always be on the lookout for pedestrians when driving
  • Be courteous as a pedestrian and motorist
  • Reduce your speed when driving, and pay attention to marked signs in playground or school zones.
According to Road Safety Vision 2010, 17% of all road users killed annually were traveling at excessive speeds. Calgary-specific data shows that excessive speeding was a factor in an average of 13% of casualty collisions over a 5-years span. [City of Calgary]

 

For more tips throughout the week, you can follow the City of Calgary transportation unit on Twitter, or follow CTN Calgary on Twitter which updates on traffic issues and closures daily. 


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