This release was issued under a previous government.

Compared to 2007, when Alberta’s Traffic Safety Plan was introduced, fatalities have declined by nearly 25 per cent from 458 fatalities in 2007 to 345 in 2012.

When compared to other provinces, Alberta’s fatality rate is lower than most. In 2010, the most recent year for which these statistics are available, Alberta had the third-lowest fatality rate in Canada compared to the sixth highest rate in 2007.

With the growing number of drivers and vehicles in our province, improving the safety of our roads is a challenge. These statistics illustrate the importance of our traffic safety efforts and the need to continue this work with our partners, but we need the help of Alberta drivers to help everyone get home safe.

- Ric McIver, Minister of Transportation

Traffic collision statistics - 2012

  • Number of collisions dropped by 2,584 or 1.9 per cent
  • Number of injuries decreased by 364 or 2 per cent
  • Number of fatalities increased by 32 or 10.2 per cent

Drivers, vehicles and traffic volumes - 2012

  • Number of drivers climbed by 62,412 or 2.2 per cent
  • Number of vehicles grew by 127,392 or 4 per cent
  • Traffic volumes on the numbered highway network rose by 6.41 per cent

Since 2007, our government has been working with its traffic safety partners to implement the province’s first Traffic Safety Plan. This critical work is now continuing under Alberta’s Traffic Safety Plan 2015, which builds upon the success of the province’s first plan and its partnership approach to making our roads safer. It is another way in which our government is building Alberta, ensuring our province has the roads needed and those roads are safe for Albertans.

Our government was elected to keep building Alberta, to live within its means and to fight to open new markets for Alberta’s resources. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.

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