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Traffic tips

Our traffic safety focus for the month of February is Distracted Driving.

Alberta’s distracted driving law applies to all vehicles as defined by the Traffic Safety Act and all roads in Alberta. It restricts drivers from doing any of the following, even while stopped at red lights:

  • using hand-held cell phones
  • texting or e-mailing
  • using electronic devices such as laptop computers, video games, cameras, video entertainment displays and programming portable audio players such as MP3 players
  • entering information on GPS units
  • reading printed materials in the vehicle
  • writing, printing or sketching
  • personal grooming such as brushing and flossing teeth, putting on makeup, curling hair, clipping nails or shaving
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.