This May, select units from Alberta RCMP Traffic Services will launch phase two of a pilot project aimed at reducing overall average speed on major transportation corridors. The project examines different combinations of deployment strategies such as visible enforcement and media coverage, and their impact on reducing overall average speed on identified sections of highways. The project takes place on the QEII Highway and selected highways. Phase one was successfully completed at the beginning of April. Phase two will begin in early May.
During phase two, Alberta RCMP Traffic Services in collaboration with Alberta Transportation, will continue displaying speed-related safety messages on reader boards at pre-determined locations on Alberta highways from late April to early May. These messages will be supported by an enforcement campaign in the Leduc, Fort McLeod and Edson areas. Speed related data will be collected at several highway locations before, during and after the project to see if there was a reduction in overall average speed and when these reductions occurred.
Speeding continues to be a significant safety concern on roadways in rural and urban centres in Alberta. Between 2009 and 2014, speed was determined to be a factor in 16 per cent of the total 6,351 fatal and serious injury collisions reported in Alberta RCMP jurisdictions. Alberta RCMP is reminding drivers that speeding creates a danger for everyone on the road.
Speeding is not only driving at speeds beyond the posted limits, but also includes driving too fast for weather and traffic conditions. The World Health Organization states that speeds just 5 km/h above average in 60 km/h urban areas and 10 km/h above average in rural areas are sufficient to double the risk of a collision.
Alberta RCMP and Alberta Traffic Sheriffs have been working together for safe highways since 2010 in Integrated Traffic Units (ITUs). ITUs work together in a collaborative effort to deliver effective and efficient traffic safety services to Albertans, with a focus on identified enforcement priorities.