Speeding Cost Us All
In 2011 there were more than 59,000 collisions in the Capital Region resulting in 48 fatalities and more than 8,000 injuries. In other words, 1 person killed every 7.6 days and 22 people injured every day on our Capital Region roads. Most of these collisions were preventable. One in every four collisions, or 28 per cent, involves driving at a speed that is unsafe for the road conditions.
Speed Increases Stopping Distance
Speed determines the severity of a collision and it is literally a matter of life and death. A study from Australia found the risk of dying in a crash approximately doubles for each 5 km/h increase in speed. For pedestrians speed is particularly lethal. If hit by a vehicle travelling at 60 km/h the pedestrian has a 90 per cent chance of being killed*.
The High Cost of Speeding
Crashes in the Capital Region cost nearly $1 billion annually.
Motor vehicle collisions are expensive to Alberta taxpayers. According to a 2010 CRISP commissioned Collision Cost Study it is estimated that each fatal collision costs about $180,000 and an injury collision costs almost $40,000. And that’s just the cost in dollars alone. While we can add up the amount for emergency response, health care services and property damage, other costs are harder to quantify. How do you measure the cost when a promising future is cut short.
Consider these costs when you choose to speed. Collisions do carry a heafty price tag.
Collision Cost Study (PDF)
- Reduces your ability to steer around obstructions or curves;
- Extends both your reaction time as well as the distance required to stop your vehicle;
- Reduces your ability to stop for red lights and stop signs;
- Decreases your field of vision and peripheral vision;
- Increases your chance of losing control of the vehicle;
- Reduces effectiveness of seat belts, airbags and side impact beams;
- Causes brakes, tires, steering and suspension to become less effective;
- Reduces the effectiveness of roadside hardware such as barriers, crash cushions and bridge rails.