Drive Safely during the Holiday Season!

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There have been some serious collisions that happened in Calgary in the past week or two. The Calgary Police Service is pleading with motorists to drive with care at all times.

With the holiday season of 2021 fast approaching, it is critical that we stay safe on the road at all times. By working together, we can improve traffic safety. As responsible drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, we can all help drive change.

Here are some safety facts compiled by the City of Calgary:
  • Wearing your seatbelt prevents fatal traffic collisions. Restraint users have a much lower injury rate (6.8 percent) than those not using restraints (24.1 percent) in collisions.
  • Children younger than 6 who weigh less than 18kg (40lbs) must be in a properly installed child safety seat. This is the driver’s responsibility.
  • Children are safest in a rear-facing car seat until they are at least 2 years old. Once they are at least 2, children can move to a forward-facing car seat.
  • Once a child is at least 6 years old or weighs at least 18kg, they should be in a booster seat. While not required by law, booster seats are highly recommended because they help position a child, so the seat belt fits properly.
  • A child is safest in the back seat until they are at least 13 years old.
  • New neighborhood speed limit since March 2021 is 40 km/hour
  • All school zones are signed as playground zones at a speed limit of 30 km/hour and are in effect every day from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Driving slower than 60 km/hour and passing a cyclist? You are required by law to leave a minimum of 1 meter when passing. And those driving faster than 60 km/hour are required to keep the distance as at least 1.5 metres when passing cyclists.

Check out Calgary traffic report and road closures here: https://www.calgary.ca/transportation/roads/traffic/advisories-closures-and-detours/calgary-traffic-report.html

* Information in this post is taken from City of Calgary’s website on November 29, 2021: https://www.calgary.ca/transportation/roads/traffic/traffic-safety-programs/traffic-safety-programs.html

Word of the Day:

Booster seat: an extra seat installed on an existing car seat for a small child to sit on, which decreases the risk of injury.