Saturday , 23 October 2021

Practice safe driving in the new year

In the new year, the Government of Alberta is reminding motorists to always practice safe driving.

Albertans are injured and killed in collisions on the province’s roads and highways every year with the majority of these collisions being preventable when people use care and follow the rules of the road.

In 2016, 299 people were killed and 16,622 were injured in collisions in Alberta.

85.6 per cent of total collisions in 2016 involved at least one driver who committed a driving error.

The cost of collisions in Alberta is estimated to be between $4 billion and $9 billion annually.

“To avoid tragedy in the new year, all of us need to make smart choices behind the wheel. That means taking care of each other by driving according to the conditions, putting away distractions and never driving impaired. Let’s make 2020 the year we all remember to drive safely to prevent tragedy on our roads,” said Ric McIver, Minister of Transportation.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.