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Safe System Physics Project

Speeding, Braking and the Science of Road Safety.

Safe Speeds and Shared Responsibility are critical components of the Safe System Approach and the goal of zero fatal or serious injuries on our road system. Educating young drivers on the danger of speeding can contribute to that success.

The Safe System Physics Project is designed for teachers of secondary science to educate high school students aged 14 to 18 of the science behind setting speed limits and how exceeding the speed limit, even by just a few km/h, significantly reduces road safety.

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These modules are intended to be used in class as part of the lesson and are connected to many of the outcomes found in the various science curricula in the Alberta Program of Studies. They are designed to engage students and incorporate many hands-on activities, interactives, and videos to qualitatively and quantitatively demonstrate the effects of exceeding the speed limit including:
  • Discussion questions designed to get students in groups and talk about what they learned in their modules
  • Use of the Plickers app to engage students to talk about safe speeds
  • Online reaction-time test to show reaction times and how it is affected by distractions such as cell phones
  • Video links to powerful videos showing the real effects of speeding and collisions
  • Practice calculations that show the results of exceeding the speed limit mathematically
  • Lab activities and demonstrations for all levels designed to engage students in their learning
  • Safety in motion graphs the show the data gathered to analyze and support what was found
Aaron Kowalchuck, Science Teacher at Bev Facey High School, created this program in partnership with CRISP, Strathcona County School Traffic Safety Partnership  (STSP) , Strathcona County and Elk Island Public Schools. Modules are designed by Tyler Lien. For further information, questions or comments on these modules or future modules contact

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Materials to help traffic safety professionals and stakeholders, the media and individuals with information on CRISP intersection safety articles, news releases and awareness campaigns.

For more information, contact:

Donna Hladun, CRISP Communications
Phone: 780.405.9979

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