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Posted on: April 28, 2023

[ARCHIVED] April is Speed Safety Month


In the month of April, County of Wetaskiwin Peace Officers focused their Traffic Safety initiatives on SPEEDING.

It’s easy for drivers to fall into the temptation of speeding to save a few minutes off their drive. However, speeding can be dangerous. Speeding increases the risk of a collision occurring and the higher the speed, the more severe that collision will be. When road and weather conditions are unfavourable, drivers should remember to adjust their speed accordingly. Driving at a safe speed, whatever the conditions, increases the safety of everyone on the road.

Facts on Speeding Vehicles in Alberta:

  • In 2020, 57 people were killed and 1,128 were injured in collisions involving at least one driver travelling at an unsafe speed (ie. a speed too great for the given conditions).
  • More than one in four fatal collisions involved one or more speeding drivers.
  • Based on rates per 10,000 licensed operators, drivers aged 20-24 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.

Since January 2023, County of Wetaskiwin Peace Officers have laid close to 150 traffic violations for speeding in addition to other offences. 


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