Speed, main cause for car accidents

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“The faster the speed the greater the threat of an accident.” Strong messages are seen and heard each day, yet drivers are still ignorant when it comes to respecting the speed limit.

Research shows that over the years aggressive driving has seriously injured over 27.000 people in Alberta every year. 20% of those deaths were caused by speed and aggressive driving on the freeway (http://www.transportation.alberta.ca/).

Why do we speed?

Researchers believe that speeding is a calculated behaviour, where the driver has knowledge over it but still ignores the danger of it. That is why, the Canadian government needed to act quickly and reinforce every speed regulation. Now police equipment not only includes a radar which detects vehicle speed, but it also includes speed cameras which hold records of every speedy licence plate number that passes by.

Speed Cameras

In Europe speed cameras have been found to very effective when it comes to reducing the speed on the road The UK Department of transport conducted a survey, which showed that speed accident lowered over 42% in 2009. There is also evidence that the speed limit was respected not only on the roads where cameras were placed but on other roads as well.

Speed Cameras in Alberta

In 2009 Canada placed speed cameras were installed in Calgary, Winnipeg and Quebec in order to determine their effectiveness.  These pilot programs indicated a decrease in speeds around the speed trap areas by 6% and an average decrease speed related infractions of 69%.

See http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/motorvehiclesafety/tp-tp15145-1201.htm for more information on this study.

The highway will always be a dangerous place of which of which we should be aware, especially when speeding. Many drivers don’t realize at the moment the life threating behaviour they have, when driving carelessly.

When driving on the road, it is important to take head of the posted speed limit. It is there for your protection.

Norm Assiff

Norm Assiff

Norm was awarded the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association (ACTLA) President's Award for 2012--awarded to a member of the Alberta bar who has distinguished himself or herself by his or her contribution to the profession or the community, the advancement of the law or their service to ACTLA. He has appeared at all levels of court in Alberta (Provincial Court, Queen's Bench and the Alberta Court of Appeal) as well as the Supreme Court of British Columbia and the Federal Court of Appeal.

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