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Traffic tips

Our traffic safety focus for the month of April is speed.

Driving just a few kilometers over the posted speed limit can greatly extend the distance required to stop your vehicle, increases the chances you will lose control of your vehicle and increases the chance of death or injury if there is a crash.

Facts to be aware of:

  • One in four fatal collisions in Alberta involved a driver travelling at an unsafe speed.
  • Speeding doesn’t always kill. Brain injuries are a common injury that results from speed-related collisions.
  • Speeding can cause long-term consequences that affect both you and your family.
  • Speeding reduces the effectiveness of seat belts and other safety devices such as air bags and side impact beams.
  • Demerits for speeding range from two points (exceeding the posted limit by less than 15 km/h) to six points (exceeding the posted limit by more than 50 km/h).
  • Between 2012 and 2016, 444 people were killed and 10,574 people were injured in speed-related collisions in Alberta.
  • Drivers aged 16-19 were more likely to have been speeding at the time of a collision than drivers in other age groups (2016).
  • The most common improper driver action of drivers involved in casualty collisions who were travelling at an unsafe speed was running off the road or following too closely.
  • Casualty collision-involved drivers who travelled at an unsafe speed were three times as likely to run off the road as drivers who were not speeding.
  • More than half of fatal collisions (56.7%) involving a driver travelling at an unsafe speed occurred in a rural area.

Drive safe and learn more by visiting the Government of Alberta’s Safe Roads website.

Consult the Calgary Traffic Tips booklet for the information you need to become a more knowledgeable, safe and confident driver in Calgary.

Speed Limits

  • The standard speed limit on Calgary roads is 50 km/h, unless otherwise posted.
  • The speed limit in alleys is 15 km/h.
  • The speed limit in school and playground zones is 30 km/h during the hours indicated on signs.

In addition to regular enforcement, The City of Calgary uses specialized cameras to enforce speed at several intersections. If a vehicle registered to you is captured on camera travelling through a red light or speeding through a green light, you may receive a traffic fine in the mail.

Community associations can request the placement of a Speed Limit Warning Sign (SLOWS) trailer in an area where speeding is a concern.

To learn more about safety tips for responsible driving, please visit the Government of Alberta Transportation or the Alberta Motor Association.

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