Pedestrian Safety: Alberta Moves to Increase Pedestrian Safety

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Pedestrian Safety: Alberta Moves to Increase Pedestrian Safety

Alberta Moves to Increase Pedestrian Safety

The NDP Government of Alberta has said it will look at legislation to better protect pedestrians in Alberta. In Calgary alone there have been 7 pedestrian fatalities so far this year in 2015, and province-wide in 2014 there were 45 pedestrian fatalities. Speed is a fundamental issue with pedestrian fatalities as a speeding driver simply does not have the visibility necessary to spot a pedestrian crossing a crosswalk.

The Province of Alberta will look at increasing fines and increasing demerit points for traffic violations involving pedestrians. This is welcome news as pedestrians are at risk of not only a fatal collision, but extremely grievous injuries if they survive an encounter with a 5000 lb. piece of metal exceeding the speed limit.

Distracted Driving

Combine this with the fact that despite legislation on distracted driving, many people still text while driving a 5000 lb. piece of machinery down the highway or a city street.  This type of behavior while driving puts all other users of the highway or city street at risk – which is a very sad example of the egocentric nature of human beings.

Hopefully this legislation will be severe with respect to when a driver is at fault for colliding with a pedestrian to make all Alberta drivers more aware of pedestrians, especially the self-absorbed driver at fault who will then suffer significant criminal consequences for his/her outrageous inattentive behavior in driving a motor vehicle.

Handel Law Firm is Alberta’s serious personal injury and fatal accident law firm serving the cities and areas of Red Deer, Fort McMurray and Grande Prairie.

By | 2017-06-26T20:57:27+00:00 December 12th, 2015|Motor Vehicles and Collisions|0 Comments

About the Author:

Mr. Brent Handel, J.D., Q.C. is the head of the Personal Injury and Fatal Accident Group at Handel Law Firm in Red Deer, Alberta.

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