In February 2004, at the request of the Alberta Transportation Minister, a review of traffic safety in Alberta was launched by Don McDermid, retired Assistant Commissioner R.C.M.P. The objective was to recommend the best ways to coordinate strategies, set goals and allocate resources to address road safety issues in the province of Alberta. The results of this review are outlined in the McDermid Report: Saving Lives on Alberta’s Roads: Report and Recommendations for a Traffic Collision Fatality and Injury Reduction Strategy
Alberta’s first Traffic Safety Plan, the first strategy of its kind in Canada, was introduced in 2007. The number of collisions, deaths and injuries on Alberta’s roads has declined considerably since the implementation of this plan by the Alberta government and its traffic safety partners. Over the life of the plan, traffic fatalities dropped by nearly 32%.
To build upon these traffic safety improvements, a successor plan was created. Alberta’s Traffic Safety Plan 2015 built upon the partnerships developed in the first plan and used the safe system approach, which aims to create safer drivers, safer speeds, safer vehicles and safer roads.
Priorities will be addressed using a number of core strategies including education and training, communication, community initiatives, enforcement, research, legislation, new technologies, road engineering and infrastructure improvements.
The first Traffic Safety Plan was developed in response to the McDermid report.
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Alignment with other jurisdictions
Alberta’s Traffic Safety Plan 2015 aligned with national and international traffic safety efforts. The national Road Safety Strategy 2015 was developed through the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) and its partners built on the activities and gains made during Road Safety Vision 2010, but provided provinces and territories with more scope to adapt activities to local conditions and needs. Road Safety Strategy 2025 is the latest guiding strategy to to make Canada’s roads the safest in the world. This latest strategy formally adopted Vision Zero.
The Commission for Global Road Safety issued a call for a Decade of Action for Road Safety in its 2009 Report. Endorsements for the proposal have come from a wide range of public figures as well as the UN Safety Collaboration. The overall goal of the Decade of Action (2011 to 2020) will be to reduce road traffic fatalities around the world by increasing activities at the national level.
Alberta Traffic Safety Plan Calendar
Input from traffic safety stakeholders helped to create the Traffic Safety Plan Calendar, which provides a province-wide coordinated approach that highlights priority traffic safety topics each month.
Enforcement agencies, Community Mobilization Consultants and several other stakeholders work together using an integrated strategy to ensure enforcement and communications campaigns are aligned with the Traffic Safety Plan.
2019 Traffic Safety Plan Calendar (PDF, 591 KB).
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