Alberta road fatalities fall despite increase in traffic volume

Published: September 27, 2017

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones



The Alberta Ministry of Transportation has released a statement highlighting a decrease in vehicle-related fatalities in the province. The good news comes despite there being more commercial vehicles on roads and a general increase in traffic volumes.

Wendy Doyle, Ministry of Transportation office of traffic safety executive director, offered the information at the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) Safety Conference, which was held in Red Deer.

She said commercial vehicles registrations have increased, with a peak in 2015 of more than 600,000 new vehicles on the roads. Class 1 driver’s license applications have also increased since 2013.

“We have a driving public, people like their vehicles in Alberta,” she said.

Personal vehicle volumes have also risen, meaning there are clearly more vehicles on Alberta’s roads. Despite this, fatalities are dropping, Doyle says.

During 2015, there were 334 traffic-related fatalities, 80 of which came from commercial vehicles. In total, there are approximately 300,000 collisions each year in Alberta on its provincial highways.