Edmonton is slated to bring a new driving initiative before its city council this April. Its plan, developed in Sweden and implemented in cities such as New York and Boston, aims to decrease the amount of traffic-related deaths to zero.
The Vision Zero Initiative belief is that loss of life, in any number or form, is unacceptable. The plan identifies a range of car accident factors including mobility, human risk and error and common accident causes to formulate a plan for real change.
According to the 2013 Traffic Collisions, Injuries and Fatalities in Edmonton report, there has been a decrease in traffic accidents within the past five years. In 2013 and 2014, an average of 23 people were killed due to motor accidents, down from 32 in 2009.
If implemented, this plan would change the routes of bike paths, moving them away from cars, as well as reduce speed limits for a lesser chance of unstoppable human error.
In 2013, 24,803 automobile collisions were recorded, an average of 68 per day. Protect yourself with the following three safety tips:
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times
- Obey the speed limit and other rules of the road
- Wear your seatbelt and utilize other safety equipment such as airbags and child booster seats.
More collisions occur in the winter months, said data from The City of Edmonton, but summer collisions are more likely to result in injuries and fatalities. A car accident is more likely to occur on a weekday, with Friday being the most common day. One in 10 collisions will occur during your commute home between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.